Kenya’s COVID-19 cases rise to 81 after 22 test positive

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

The number of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Kenya have shot to 81.

22 people, three males and nine females tested positive in a round of 300 tests conducted by the Ministry of Health, CS Mutahi Kagwe stated on Wednesday.

The CS said out of the 22 new cases, 21 who tested positive are in quarantine. Of these, 18 are Kenyans, two are Pakistani nationals and two Cameroonians.

This comes against the backdrop of mass testing which the government embarked on from Sunday.

CS Kagwe said the mass testing would target 2,000 individuals who flew into Kenya in the month of March and are under quarantine in government centres and other designated centres in the country.

Both the CS and President Uhuru Kenyatta have since asked Kenyans to practice personal responsibility as a proactive measure in taming the spread of the disease.

Uhuru while chatting via video link with Brenda, the first fully recovered COVID-19 patient in Kenya held that everyone has a responsibility to fight the spread of coronavirus.

He lauded Brenda saying ” You are special because upon your arrival and you feeling that you were not well… without being pushed, you took it upon yourself realising that you had the risk to harm others and take yourself to Kenyatta National Hospital.”