Kenya’s Ministry of Health Tuesday announced 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 296 in the country.
According to analysts, this translates to 36 per cent surge.
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said from the fifteen, 11 are Kenyans, while four are foreigners.
None have a history of travel. Seven of the new cases are from Mombasa.
Five patients were reported to have recovered, raising the number to 74.
“With regard to gender, 7 are males and 8 are women,” she said.
Of the 15, she said, 9 were picked by the Ministry of Health surveillance team while the remaining 6 were in quarantine centres.
“This is a clear indication that the infection is increasingly growing within communities. It is very critical that we observe the measures that we have put in place, in a bid to contain it,” the CAS said.
“Even in these times, we still have cynical Kenyans who hold the view that this disease is not real. This is very disturbing particularly in light of our growing numbers of infected people,” Mwangangi warned.
Mombasa County currently leads in the number of confirmed new cases at 61 reported in Nyali, Bamburi, Bondeni, Mvita and Miritini. Nairobi has the highest at 206.
“Indeed it is true we are seeing a rise of cases in Mombasa,” she said.
The government introduced a dusk-to-dawn curfew and banned travel in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties where a majority of the cases have been reported.