Coronavirus Updates

New Covid-19 strategy to prioritise testing inmates and matatu crew members

The Health ministry will prioritise testing inmates, matatu crew, symptomatic patients and healthcare workers.

The new testing strategy announced by the ministry is based on the fact that maintaining social distancing in prisons is difficult.

Similarly, the levels of water and sanitation services in such settings are too low to allow prisoners to maintain high standards of hygiene.

Speaking on Thursday, acting Health director-general Patrick Amoth said the matatu sector is also a priority given that its crews interact with many people daily.

“Initially, we had mass testing where you just walk around and anyone who comes for testing would be able to swab their nose and throat,” he said.

The new strategy seeks to address the existing challenge of the global supply of test kits and reagents that have been on high demand since the onset of the virus.

“All countries had to go back to the drawing board to do a new testing strategy and that is what we are now implementing,” Amoth said.

He noted that the ministry is undertaking clinical surveillance in all facilities to ensure patients with severe acute respiratory illnesses are prioritised.

“We prioritise healthcare workers because by the nature of their work they stand a high risk of getting Covid-19 infection,” he added.

“As a result of the containment measures and other interventions we are putting in place, we have saved more than 4,400 lives, that means about 86 per cent of mortalities averted.”

The country recorded 141 new cases of Covid-19, raising its total to 37,489.

Trans Nzoia had the highest number of cases for the first time in the daily positivity rate, with 28 on Thursday.

Other counties with new cases include Nakuru (24), Nairobi (14), Migori (eight), Turkana (five) and Bungoma (two). Murang’a, Busia, Nyeri and Vihiga had one each.

Speaking at Thursday’s Covid-19 briefing in Thika, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said the youngest was a four -year-old infant, while the oldest was 74 years old. All except seven were Kenyans.

The new cases were from a sample of 3,307 tested in the last 24 hours. The number of fatalities rose to 669 after another five patients died.

Another 81 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 24,334. Of those discharged, 12 were under home-based care, while 69 were discharged in health facilities.

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Trans Nzoia leads in coronavirus cases as five more deaths are recorded

Kenya on Thursday recorded 141 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 37,489, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed.

The new cases were from a sample of 3,307 tested in the last 24 hours . Learn  more

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