Tuju tests negative for Coronavirus

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Mar 27th 2020 at 12:52
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Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has tested negative for Coronavirus.

Tuju underwent the test on Thursday and the Ministry of Health confirmed that he was negative.

Upon receiving the results, Tuju said he was grateful to God since he recently underwent treatment in the UK which has recorded over 10,000 infections and 578 deaths.

"I praise God for taking care of me when I was in hospital in the UK where the virus has been more endemic.

"Even though it is more than 20 days since I got back from the UK and besides the fact that I did not exhibit any symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, it was to me an imperative that I go through this test.

“I have been exercising social distance and all the other behaviourial practices as prescribed by the Ministry of Health,” he remarked.

Recently, a number of leaders including DP William Ruto, Raila Odinga, Kipchumba Murkomen and Moses Kuria paid Tuju a visit and the pictures raised concern online.

Kenyans bashed the leaders for not observing social distancing in the wake of Coronavirus considering Tuju had been abroad.

Tuju cleared the air on the issue saying now Kenyans should rest easy that the leaders are safe.

“It has been a matter of public interest that I voluntarily submit myself to be tested and thankfully the results are negative.

That should clear the air and bring closure to the concerns and anxiety associated with my stay in the UK or encounters with other Kenyans since my return to Kenya" the SG said in conclusion.

Coronavirus on Thursday claimed its first victim in Kenya as the national tally of confirmed cases stood at 31.

The patient was a 66-year-old Kenyan male who had a long-term medical condition. The man, who was suffering from diabetes, arrived in the country on March 13, 2020, from South Africa via Swaziland.

The news, which Health CS Mutahi Kagwe described as sad, comes barely hours after Kenya announced her first recovery from the highly-contagious virus.

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