Tanzania doubting Kenya’s coronavirus tests on her truck drivers at border posts

Namanga One Stop Border Post in Kajiado. [Photo Kajiado county government]

Three more deaths have been reported in the latest update on coronavirus in Kenya.

The total number of coronavirus deaths is now at 45.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman on Friday said that 23 more cases were confirmed after testing 2,100 samples. The total number of coronavirus cases is now 781.

Nairobi recorded 11 cases Mombasa (2) – all in Mvita – Kajiado (3), Kiambu (2) and Wajir (2).

In terms of estates where the new cases were found, Embakasi had six cases, Kamukunji (2), Langat’a (2) and Starehe (1) while Thika in Kiambu County had two cases.

Five of the new cases are females and 18 are male. They are aged between 24 and 85 years.

On the Kajiado case, one of those who tested positive as KNeyan truck river at the Namanga border. The other case was in basil Kajiado Central.

Earlier, Tanzania had raised questions about Kenya’s testing kits for coronavirus on its drivers across all border points.

So far, nine Tanzanian drivers have tested positive at the Namanga and Isebania borders. The Kenyan government returned them to Tanzania.

Now, Longido District Commissioner Frank Mwaisumbe said on Thursday that they do not have trust with the tests being conducted by Kenyan personnel at the border.

He said that all Tanzanian truck drivers will undergo testing in Tanzania and get a clearance certificate which they will use to cross over to Kenya.

“And if that cannot be possible, the owners of goods being transported to Kenya should come for them at the border as our drivers will have no other option but to leave them in Namanga,” he told Azam TV in Namanga.