An ambulance carrying a patient passes through a police roadblock at Chania River in Thika, Kiambu County, Kenya, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area with effect from 7 p.m. on Monday. (Xinhua/Allan Mutiso)
An ambulance carrying a patient passes through a police roadblock at Chania River in Thika, Kiambu County, Kenya, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area with effect from 7 p.m. on Monday. (Xinhua/Allan Mutiso)

Kenya’s ministry of health on Tuesday confirmed 15 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of infections across the country to 715.

Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the ministry of health said that the cases were discovered from 978 samples which were tested in different government laboratories across the country.

Aman said the latest cases are 14 Kenyans while one person is a Rwandese, noting that two Tanzanians tested positive at the Isebania border post in southwestern Kenya but were referred back to Tanzania for treatment.

The official said that medical personnel has discharged eight patients from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 259.

Aman disclosed that three patients succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease in the coastal city of Mombasa, bringing the total number of fatalities to 36.

Aman said that the government has dispatched a high-powered delegation to Kajiado County in southeastern Kenya following the increased number of positive cases along the Kenya-Tanzania border.

The official said that the pandemic and response mounted against it has disrupted life worldwide and placed people under stressful conditions.

“It is important therefore that we all strive to maintain sanity under these difficult circumstances,” he added. Enditem

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