Fifteen Kenyan university students who returned home last Saturday from Sudan have tested positive for Covid-19.
The 129 students studying in various universities in Sudan arrived in Kenya on Saturday. 87 of them disembarked in Mombasa.
They had been stranded in Sudan since the suspension of international flights in March as the virus spread across the world.
Mombasa County Director of Public Health Dr Salma Swaleh Mohamed said that the students were tested last Sunday, a few hours after they had landed at the Moi International Airport on a special charter operated by Kenya Airways from Khartoum in Sudan capital.
''We embarked on carrying out tests for those students who landed in Mombasa, 15 turned out positive,'' she said.
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Dr Mohamed said that 72 of the students who were prime contacts of those who turned positive remain in isolation and are awaiting further tests this coming Sunday.
''They were all first taken to the Kenya School of Government which is one of the designated quarantine centres in Mombasa. Those who tested positive have been admitted at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM),'' she said.
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A parent who was involved in efforts to repatriate back the students, Ms Zena Rubeya Ali said that they had been notified about the test results and said that so far they are all being taken care of.