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Kenya confirms 7 new coronavirus cases

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced seven new cases of coronavirus increasing the country’s tally to 38.

Mr Kagwe said all the seven new cases were from Nairobi.

Nairobi county leads with 28 cases followed by Kilifi 6, Mombasa 2, Kajiado and Kwale with one case each.

“The trend we have seen on increasing numbers is not a healthy one,” said Mr Kagwe.

According to the CS, there are over 1,000 contacts of the 38 cases who are likely to have more contacts, “which is how the disease spreads”.

“If we want to save Kenyans and avoid the experience in other countries we must social distance and staying at home when told to. We must also follow these rules or we expect tougher times ahead lest work together to avoid a total and complete outbreak,” he added.

CS Kagwe also said four of them had a history of travel to countries with active transmissions of the disease while one had been to Mombasa and the other two are contacts of active cases.

Kagwe also announced that the first patient to test positive for the virus in the country and the third one had tested negative after tests and that they were awaiting the third test in 48 hours to confirm if indeed they were fully recovered so that they can be discharged.

“Our first and third patient tested negative, a repeat test will be undertaken after 48 hours. We hope the final test will confirm full recovery so that they can be discharged,” he said.

He noted that, out of 1,141 close contacts that were being monitored, 163 have since been been discharged after the 14-day follow up period and the government is presently monitoring 978 more.