We have a bigger percentage of people infected with COVID-19 but they do not know — AMREF CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi
By Vincent Kejitan
| May 15th 2020
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.
the patients were in Nairobi while one was in Mombasa.
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.
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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