Kenya on Wednesday reported 17 new coronavirus cases, increasing the country’s total to 320, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has said.
All 17 are Kenyans; 12 are from Mombasa, while five were from Nairobi.
Dr. Mwangangi noted that the country’s new cases pointed to a worrying trend of local transmission.
“Indeed local transmission has been established,” Mwangangi said on Thursday. “It is important to emphasize that the fact that many people were picked by surveillance teams, it means the patients are living within our communities and that measures we keep reiterating the need to be followed to avoid further spread,” Dr Mwangangi said.
“All of us have a potential risk of contracting the disease, and that is why we have come up with measures and guidelines to ensure that we are all able to control the transmission of this disease. Being quarantined is neither detention nor a punishment. Quarantine is meant to serve the greater public good in ensuring that we protect our country,” Dr Mwangangi said.