Nairobi now a hotbed of coronavirus with 193 cases out of 262, Health ministry indicates

Kilimani area in Nairobi. [Photo by Agoda]

The Health Ministry has put a section of rogue Kenyans on notice for bribing their way out of quarantine facilities while they are suspected to be infected with COVID-19.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a fiery warning on Saturday condemned the act saying it is unbecoming as it puts more Kenyans at risk.

In reference to 30 people who “disappeared” from an isolation facility in Mandera last week, the CS said the government is aware that they bribed their way out.

“In Mandera, there are people who bribed their way out of isolation,” Kagwe stated.

He said that government is aware of the hard times those in quarantine facilities are going through but urged them to remain calm.

“…we know what you are going through. We appreciate the sacrifice and understanding from you,” the CS stated.

Kagwe said government’s efforts will be eroded if this continues even as major estates in Nairobi become coronavirus hotspots.

In his statistics, he said COVID-19 cases reported Nairobi has a total of 193 of the 262 positive cases recorded so far.

“To bring this matter closer to those in Nairobi, in Kilimani area, six have been affected, Kawangware six, Karen five, Utawala four, Mlolongo one, Ngara area two, ” Kagwe said.

Other major estates including Parklands, Westlands, Hurlingham, Lavington, Runda, Madaraka, Kasarani, Eastleigh and Donholm have recorded at least one case.

He indicated that 16 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours putting the total number of those infected at 262.

Only one of the 16 patients is a foreigner. Seven more people have been discharged putting the total tally to 60.

However, two more people lost their lives. The total number of those who have died is now 12.