covid 19 in kenya


Health Minister, Mutahi Kagwe has disclosed that Kenya has recorded a staggering number of new cases of coronavirus.

He mentioned that the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus has risen from 123 to 1,471.

It is said to be the largest single jump in positive cases. The minister noted that some of the new cases had come from the slum areas of the capital, Nairobi which has a raging number of infections in the area.

A night-time curfew has been put in place as well as restricted movement around some parts of the country to help curb the spread of the virus.

Kenya’s bureau of standards has recalled eight different brands of instant hand sanitisers from the market for failing to comply with approved standards

It further suspended the permits of the manufacturers and ordered them to recall the substandard sanitisers from the market and carry out corrective actions.

The low-quality brands were said to have been discovered during a market surveillance.

The bureau said it would notify the public once the manufacturers have met the required standards.

Mutahi Kagwe, Kenya’s Health Minister has confirmed 12 new coronavirus cases in the country, five of them were identified as hotel workers.

At a media briefing, Mr Kagwe mentioned that more than 450 samples were tested by Friday morning and that they’ve already got 12 positive cases before the end of the day.

It was revealed that travelers who arrived into the country a few days before a ban was declared on international flights, were quarantined in various hotels in the capital Nairobi.

Some of those who were quarantined tested positive for coronavirus, but there was no indication that the hotel workers who tested positive on Friday worked in the hotels-turned-quarantine centres.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 246.

The Kenyan government has been sued by three pastors for banning church services and religious gathering due to Coronavirus pandemic.

The government had issued a lockdown order in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya.

Justice James Makau of The High Court revealed on Friday that three pastors, Don Mutugi Majau, Joan Miriti, and Alex Gichunge sued the Interior, Health and ICT Cabinet Secretaries, the Attorney-General and the Inspector-General of Police.

The hearing has been set for April 16th according to Nairobi News.

The pastors has been ordered by Justice Makauto give copies of the case documents to the sued parties before the close of business on April 14.

In the suit, the pastors argued that as COVID-19 pandemic worsens, Kenyans will look to churches for solace.

They argued that the state imposed the curfew and the restriction on religious gatherings without consulting the church.

They, therefore, proposed that pastors should be added to the list of essential service providers in the fight against the deadly disease.

The petitioner’s lawyer, John Swaka wrote: “The petitioners (and) other believers are in no way approaching this court in efforts to spread the coronavirus. Their only wish is to congregate whilst adhering to the directive issued. The church’s role in such times is to give hope amid the crisis not only in this country but also in the world at large. They humbly seek the intervention of the court since their rights and freedoms are being infringed.”

Local media reports have labelled two popular tourist destinations in Kenya among other regions as a coronavirus high-risk outbreak region.

The coastal towns of Mombasa and Kilifi, where many tourists visit, have been placed on high alert. The country’s capital, Nairobi, is also listed as a high-risk area because of its main airport.

Dr. Daniel Lang’at, Kenya’s head of disease surveillance, said that border regions in the western and north-eastern parts of the country are also at risk.

Although the country is yet to record any confirmed case of the new coronavirus strain, which causes Covid-19.