Covid-19: Cases in Kenya shoot to 15 with 8 new cases

Five are Kenyans, three are foreigners - 2 French, one Mexican.

In Summary

• A total of 363 passengers are being traced.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the opening of the telemedicine centre at KNH on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the opening of the telemedicine centre at KNH on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Kenya has eight new cases of Covid-19, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said .

This brings the total number of cases to 15.

"All the eight came through JKIA between March 4 and 17. They have been isolated at various facilities," he said on Sunday.

 
 
 

Five are Kenyans, three are foreigners - two French and one Mexican.

Kagwe  noted that Kenya does not have anybody in ICU.

"The French national was not stable because of his age and was rushed to Nairobi," he said.

"We are tracing 363 passengers who have come into contact with them," Kagwe added. They have been tracked from the eight people.

COVID-19 CASES IN EAST AFRICA

Kenya 15

Tanzania 12

Rwanda 17

Uganda 1

"We have an additional three people waiting testing at Mbagathi Hospital," he said, adding that all the patients except the one at the Coast are in stable situation.

Earlier, Kenyatta National Hospital opened its first telemedicine technology centre for coronavirus detection, a first of it's kind in Africa.

"Very soon we are going to have major operations being done in Kenya by our own doctors rather than taking patients overseas," Kagwe said.

 
 

As at 6pm, March 22, 2020, there were 1,284 confirmed cases 0f the coronavirus in 42 African countries, including 37 fatalities.

On Saturday, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said random screening of Kenyans will continue as Kenya seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus.