Embakasi becoming a virus hot spot, CS Kagwe warns

In Summary

• Embakasi East recorded 84 cases, South (28), North (15), Central (18), West (33).

• The total cases in Embakasi were 168 out of Nairobi's 448 cases.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
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Embakasi has become a hot spot for the spread of the coronavirus, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

During a press briefing on Tuesday at Afya House, Kagwe said that further measures will be taken in the area to contain the spread of the virus.

Kenya on Tuesday recorded 606 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total  to 18,585.

Embakasi East recorded 84 cases, South (28), North (15), Central (18), West (33).

The total cases in Embakasi were 168 out of Nairobi's 448 cases.

 

The new positives were drawn from the 4,888 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.

Kagwe said in terms of gender, 409  were males and 197 were females. Age wise, the youngest was a four month old infant, while the oldest was 85 years.

On a positive note, 75 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing  the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 7,908.

Kagwe also warned against taking parties to households after the ban on alcohol sale.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday ordered all bars to be closed indefinitely, adding that those that don't adhere will have their licences permanently withdrawn.

"I hope some people are not thinking of a plan B of buying and taking alcohol and celebrating at home," Kagwe said.

He said prohibition of the sale of alcohol does not mean that one can take alcohol to hiding places.

 
 

"The idea of prohibition of alcohol is to stop socializing so that you keep social distancing. You cannot take parties into your homes or carry your favourite drink to a hide out," he said.

The Health CS said that it will no longer be 'sausage mbili na beer mbili' but 'sausage mbili na soda moja'.