Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (Front) briefs the press on the coronavirus update, in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 22, 2020. Eight people had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 15, Mutahi Kagwe said on Sunday. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)
Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (Front) briefs the press on the coronavirus update, in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 22, 2020. Eight people had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 15, Mutahi Kagwe said on Sunday. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

Kenya’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 14 more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 172.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said 12 of the new cases are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals, adding that four of the cases have a recent history of travel from Tanzania, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and America.

“Four of them are from the quarantine facilities while ten were picked by our surveillance teams. This now brings the total number of those who have tested positive for the disease in the country to 172,” Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

He said that contact tracing of 1,928 people who may have come into contact with the 14 cases is ongoing, noting that so far 1,415 have been discharged and that medical personnel is currently following up on the other 513 cases.

He said that so far a total of 4,973 people have been tested by medical personnel.

Besides, Kagwe said 3 more people have been discharged from hospital, bringing to 7 the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Kenya.

Kagwe also announced a new set of rules to enhance social distancing in the country including closing down with immediate effect all golf clubs in the country.

He also directed managers of sporting clubs to restrict the number of people going in, adding that this will be monitored for the next couple of days before more measures, if necessary, are introduced.

“Open-air sporting clubs that have walking fields must strictly observe social distancing. We have observed in some sporting clubs where people are walking or running next to each other, there’s no better way of passing this virus when they do so,” he said.

Kagwe directed all medical staff working in all health facilities in the country to take medical tests as a measure to reduce the spread of the virus.

“Even though our mortality rate is quite low, there is no reason to relax the battle against the pandemic,” he added. Enditem

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