Health & Science
Kenya’s Covid-19 tally climbs by 123 as ministry seeks answers to clear problems facing truck drivers.
Kenya’s coronavirus tally has climbed to 2,216 after 123 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours.
Speaking during the daily update on the pandemic, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman (pictured) said that the health ministry tested 2,112 of which 123 were found to be carriers of the virus.
The country has now tested 85,058 people since the first case was noted on March 13. Nairobi leads with the giant share of positive cases at 44, followed by Mombasa 34, as the border point county Busia came in third with 20 cases. Other cases were from Nyeri, Kajiado, Laikipia, Garissa and Uasin Gishu.
Nairobi cases were from Kibra, Werstlads, Dagoretti, Embakasi-West, Langata, Ruaraka, and Kamukunji.
Mombasa cases came from areas such as Mvita, Jomvu, Changamwe, Loikono, Kisauni and Nyali.
The CAS also announced that three people had succumbed to the virus among them a 12-year-old who tested positive for the bug posthumously. Two deaths were registered in Nairobi while one was noted in Nyeri. According to the statement by Dr Aman, a huge portion of those who tested positive are truck drivers who in the past have travelled within the East African region. For example, he said that all 20 people who tested positive in Malava, Busia County are truck drivers. The same case applied in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County and Kajiado County. These are areas frequented by the truckers.
With the recent traffic snarl-up at the border points proving to be a daunting challenge; Dr Aman has appealed to the truckers and their employers to work on acquitting clearance certificates to help them pass the border.
“We appeal to truck drivers and employers to ensure that drivers undertake their journey upon having Covid-19 free certificate,” he stated.
The story is being updated