The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has hit 246 after 12 more people tested positive for the virus, a concerned Mutahi Kagwe has revealed.
Unusual briefing at JKIA
In a briefing at JKIA that went against the usual evening update, Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that the 12 cases came from a total of 450 samples.
“Normally I would make this announcement at about three o’clock when we have got all the samples. But today, because of this particular conference, we’ll not be having another conference. As we stand right now, we have already tested 450 samples. Out of these, we have 12 positive cases.” CS Kagwe revealed in the press conference.
Five of the positive cases were hotel workers, while four were from contact tracing.
The CS sounded usually worried and in a hurry in the conference as he broke the news to the public.
More cases from few samples cause for concern
Indeed, twelves samples from just 450 samples point to a grave and worrying picture about the spread of the virus in the country. The 12 cases were from less than the usual figures tallied at the end of the day.
Thus, Mutahi Kagwe expressed the need for the government to improve mass testing, which would help quickly identify, isolate and tame the virus that is quickly gaining a foothold in Kenya.
Thus, there is no doubt that by tomorrow, the figures would have risen considerably.
Mass testing capacity
“We need to start testing capacity so that the contact for positive people can be tested and therefore, we can maintain and contain the pandemic,” Kagwe said.
Already, 11 people have succumbed to the virus, with recoveries standing at 53 people.
Kenya is leading East Africa in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Kenya has at least one hundred more cases that Rwanda, the country with the second-highest number of infections in the region.
The new high number of infections has heightened concerns among Kenyans about a possible lockdown.
Kenya has been on partial lockdown for two weeks. However, the concerning figures could see the government become more stringent.