Covid-19: Uhuru confirms 16 more cases, total rises to 158

To date, the government has tested a total of 4,277 people.

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•   To date, the government have tested a total of 4,277 people.

• The President at the same time announced an additional two more deaths due to the coronavirus cases in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta./PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta./PSCU

Kenya has confirmed 16 more coronavirus cases, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

This now brings the country's total number to 158.

Addressing the media from State House on Monday, Uhuru said to date, the government have tested a total of 4,277 people.

 
 

"We as a nation pray for the quick recovery of those undergoing treatment as we condole with the families and friends of the six that we have regrettably lost to the pandemic," Uhuru said.

The President at the same time announced an additional two more deaths due to the coronavirus cases in the country.

This now brings to six, the total number of lives lost to the virus since Kenya's first case on March 13.

He also noted that four people have fully recovered from the disease.

"We as a nation pray for the quick recovery of those undergoing treatment as we condole with the families and friends of the 6 that we have regrettably lost to the pandemic," he said.

"The virus is unforgiving, and its rate of growth, if not arrested, is exponential. Yet because it cannot be seen or smelt, it is an enemy that can easily convince you that life can continue as normal."

Uhuru said the disease can lead to unprecedented pressure on Kenya's medical facilities.

"...which will lead to unprecedented loss of life. I will therefore go to any lawful length to respond to this pandemic," he said.

"There is a choice we were asked to make as Government and as a people: to carry on as normal or to treat this like the extraordinary emergency it is and to fundamentally change how we act."

 

The number stood at 142 cases on Sunday. The government on Sunday extended the suspension of international flights for another 30 days.

The extension of the ban on international flights will take effect from April 6.

Transport CS James Macharia however, said evacuation and cargo flights are exempted from the ban.

 
 

Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi also directed that those who die from the virus must be buried in 24 hours

The burials will be restricted to less than 15 close family members.

She added that all persons visiting open spaces such as supermarkets, markets and using PSVs should at all time wear face masks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

 

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