Treasury, ICT ministries almost crippled as staff test positive for COVID-19

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Coronavirus test. [Photo courtesy]

The number of new coronavirus infections continues to rise as government agencies are mapped as high-risk areas.

On Wednesday, 461 cases were confirmed bringing the total number to 11,252. Of this number, are health workers in different hospitals in the country and staffers in different ministries.

The hardest hit are the Treasury and Ministry of ICT where the workforce has been cut due to fears of rapid spread of COVID-19 following several positive cases reported here.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman in his daily brief at Afya House said that the ministry tested 4,261 samples bringing the country’s cumulative tests to 225,495.

Of the 461 cases, 432 are Kenyans and 29 are foreigners.

320 are males and 141 are females, with the youngest being a one year old infant while the oldest is 86 years old.

Some other 51 patients have been discharged, bringing the total to 3,068

Seven people, however, died bringing the fatalities to 209.

At the National Treasury, 10 people tested positive out of 50 people who were tested.

In a memo dated July 13, Principal Administrative Secretary at The National Treasury Amos Gatheca termed this as alarming.

He said that 200 mass testing at the Ministry will be conducted within the week.

“Towards this we have requested the Ministry of Health to conduct testing of all the staff of National Treasury… You are requested to generate a list of 40 persons to be tested,” part of the memo read.

At Huduma Centre in Teleposta Towers, all staff were sent home until July 24 when further directions will be given on if they will resume their normal schedule in the office or not.

“In this regard, all staff/interns will be required to work from home. During this period access to the offices will be restricted, except where there is clearance by the respective Principal Secretary,” ICT Principal Secretary Esther Koimett said in a memo dated July 14, 2020.