COVID-19 testing time for truck drivers in Nakuru reduced to 12 hours

Trucks at the Gilgil weighbridge. [Photo Capital FM]

Truck drivers at the Inland Container Depot in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha will have to wait for test results on coronavirus for 12 hours and not three days as has been, the Ministry of Health has said.

The ministry said that it has heeded to the advice of Nakuru County Government to shorten the turnaround time for the results in abid to ensure that the area does not become a coronavirus hotspot reminiscent of what has happened at Kenyan border in Busia.

George Ndichu, the Naivasha sub-county public health officer, 45 driver will be tested daily at the laboratory that is in Mai Mahiu town.

“We have now reduced the turnaround time for the tests from three days to 12 hours to address the issue of congestion and overstay in the town,” he said.

This comes as Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman announced that 90 new cases were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.

62 of the new patients are male and 28 are female. They are aged between 14 – 80 years.

Sadly, four people died raising the death toll to 96.

A further 72 people were discharged. So far, 1,164 people have recovered.

On a positive note, 72 more people have been discharged bringing to 1,164 the total number of coronavirus recoveries in the country.