Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday warned the public to prepare for more bad news in the coming days saying the country is about to face challenging times.
He added that the measures that have been taken might inconvenience many but they are necessary.
“The measures we have taken will not stop the virus abruptly. It is here with us.
“We must prepare ourselves mentally…we are lucky that we are recording mild infections and a low mortality rate but we should not relax,” he said.
Kagwe, however, expressed hope that the country would pull through this period.
On Tuesday, 696 samples were tested and 14 tested positive.
Among the 14, seven were from Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera recorded two cases each while Machakos, Kisii and Kiambu had one case each.
Three patients have also been released after recovering from the virus.
The CS also announced the closure of all golf clubs saying the members might infect others during their activities.
He also sounded a warning to hotels which are overcharging people in quarantine saying it cannot be business as usual.
The CS urged the hotels not to take advantage of this period to make profits saying if the situation gets out control the government might step in to control the rates.
Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth also said at the moment only one patient is in critical care and is using a ventilator but the response is promising.