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Covid-19: Kenya's tally hit 216 as eight more test positive

Kenya's total coronavirus tally has risen to 216 after eight more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has announced.

Speaking during the daily update on Covid-19 at Afya House, Nairobi, Mwangangi said the eight new cases were from the 694 samples tested.

She said of the new cases, six are from quarantine centre while two were picked by the ministry’s surveillance team.

Of the new cases, five are Kenyans while three are foreigners.

Mwangangi said the  new cases had histories of travel to Zambia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Comoros and Pakistan.

Mwangangi (pictured) also announced that one Kenyan has fully recovered and been discharged after testing negative bringing the total number of recoveries to 41.

Mass testing

The CAS urged Kenyans to be more vigilant saying almost all counties have positive cases.

With the virus now spread across the 47 counties, Mwangangi said the ministry will roll out a mass testing exercise to identify and curb local transmission,

She said the will distribute 12,000 testing kits distributed across the country with priority given to places considered epicentres.

In Nairobi, the exercise will target quarantine centres, hotels, isolation facilities, hospitals and other clusters such as Kibra slum, as well as parts of Mandera and Siaya counties.

Kenya Ports Authority, Mandera and Siaya county will get 1000 testing kits each.

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