Chinese-owned broadcaster in Nairobi closed after six employees contract COVID-19

CGTN [Photo: The Straits Times]

China Global Television Network (CGTN) Africa has shut down its offices in its Nairobi after six of its staff tested positive for coronavirus.

CGTN Africa bureau has is head offices in Nairobi.

A source from the bureau disclosed that the six who tested positive are from one department. They were all asymptomatic.

The decision to close it down for 14 days is meant to prevent further spread of the disease among the staff. Each of the employees is expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Going forward, the bureau has put on hold its broadcasting activities.

The employees are expected to return to work on July 16, 2020. Before resuming their duties, they will have to take a mandatory coronavirus test as a safety precaution.

This comes as the number of positive cases continues to increase by the day.

On Thursday, 268 people tested positive raising the total number of confirmed infections to 6, 941.

According to a study conducted by Kemri-Wellcome Trust, 2.6 million Kenyans are already exposed to coronavirus.

Nairobi and Rift Valley recorded the highest prevalence with 550,000 and 510,000 people, followed by Nyanza with 490,000. Central region had 370,000, Eastern 320,00, Western 220,000 and finally Coast region with 200,000.

According to the report, “the large numbers of the population that have been exposed would lead models to predict significant numbers of severe cases and deaths. However, the county hospitals in which monitoring for pneumonia admissions is established are not seeing high numbers of admissions.”