We have a bigger percentage of people infected with COVID-19 but they do not know — AMREF CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, May 15th 2020 at 11:05
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AMREF CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi on Thursday stated that more Kenyans might be infected with Coronavirus but they are not aware.

Speaking during an interview on a local TV station, Gitahi noted that the recent statistics from tests conducted on truck drivers suggests there are more positive cases.

“What we are seeing with truck drivers means we have a bigger percentage of people infected & we do not know.

“It is not easy tracking the virus. People with the virus do not have symptoms at all, you have to get someone & test them then begin to trace the contacts," he said.

Asked whether the number of positive cases would rise with time, the AMREF CEO said it is a possibility but lauded the government for issuing cessation of movement orders to prevent the spread of the virus from urban to rural areas.

“August will not be a resurgence but the peak of coronavirus in Kenya. In Uganda, they test drivers and track the trucks in cases the driver is found to be positive they can be easily accessed & that seems to work

“Kenya is likely to reach its peak of coronavirus cases around August,” said Gitahi.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman on Wednesday announced that four more Kenyans had succumbed to Coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 40.

Three of the patients were in Nairobi while one was in Mombasa.

This comes as the country announced 22 new positive cases, meaning the number of recorded cases now stands at 737.

Out of the 22 new cases, 21 are Kenyans and one is a Ugandan.

Dr Aman also stated that some samples from truck drivers at the Namanga border on the Tanzania side were tested and 25 were positive.

Out of the 25, 23 are from Tanzania while Rwanda and Uganda have one each.

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