‘Prepare for the Worst’, Kenya’s Health Ministry Warns as Covid-19 Cases Rise to 172

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary

Cabinet Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe

Kenya on Tuesday announced 14 more cases of the Covid-19 disease, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the country to 172.

The 14 additional cases were from 696 samples that had been tested in the last 24 hours. 

Out of the new 14 cases, seven are from Nairobi, two from Mombasa, two from Mandera while Machakos, Kisii and Kiambu had one case each.

“We have tested 4,923 people so far,” said Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe. He also said they have discharged three 3  from the hospital. This brings to seven the total number of individuals discharged.

On Monday, the National Security Council directed the restriction of movement into and out of four affected counties—Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale—for 21 days.

Kagwe noted that, the mortality may be low but urged citizens to follow the set World Health Organisation’s guidelines aimed at containing the virus.

“Let us embrace that which will save us from lurking danger. It’s important we adhere to measures if we are to score significant gains against this monster,” he said.

“Fellow Kenyans, let us brace ourselves for bad news, let us prepare for the worst. We must brace ourselves and be ready mentally to face a situation we have never faced before,” he said.

“We can no longer run away from the disease. It is an invisible enemy that it is here with us and if we allowed ourselves to play chasing games with it, it will be difficult for us as a nation to catch up with it.”

EAST AFRICA

Tanzania

Tanzania reported four new cases of Covid-19, raising the national tally to 24, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said.

UGANDA

Uganda registered the first coronavirus case on March 21 and the number has since increased to 52. A total of 657 individuals are under institutional quarantine while 855 contacts to the confirmed cases are under follow up.

According to the Health Ministry, all the 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases are in stable condition at Mulago National Specialized Hospital, Entebbe Grade B Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals. Uganda has NOT registered any COVID-19 related death. 

RWANDA

As of Monday, Rwanda confirmed one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total recorded positive cases to 105 with no reported death.