The total number Covid-19 cases in the country has shot up sharply to 50 after 8 more people tested positive for the coronavirus.
This was revealed on Monday by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who revealed that out of the 84 samples analysed in the last 24 hours from persons in mandatory quarantine only one tested positve.
Kagwe said that out of a total of 172 samples tested, six more tested positive after coming into close contact with people who had been infected earlier, while the eighth person has been reported from Aga Khan Hospital.
“From the 2,050 people in mandatory quarantine, we have in the last 24 hours tested 172 samples, 84 samples have so far been analyzed and have received confirmation of 1 person who has tested positive for coronavirus,” Kagwe said.
Nairobi still leads in Covid-19 infections with 34 confirmed cases followed by Kilifi which has six, three have been reported from Mombasa while Kajiado, Kwale and Kitui still have one case each.
“From the above data it is evident that the virus is being spread through community transmission, which means that the disease is not being imported but being transmitted within ourselves,” revealed Kagwe on Monday.
The CS warned those living in Nairobi against travelling upcountry during this period to avoid spreading the virus to their older family members, given the disease is harsher on the elderly.
“Statistics show majority of older people live upcountry and they are likely to get exposed,” he added.
The CS further stated that tracing of contacts of the 50 novel coronavirus patients is ongoing and the total number of close contacts now stands at 1,474.
Out of the 50 cases, 26 are male and 24 female.
231 other people have been discharged after completing their mandatory 14-day isolation follow up with teams which are now monitoring 1,211 close contacts.
A total of 1,005 people have so far been tested for the coronavirus.