Coronavirus cases rise to 142 with 16 new cases

Sixteen more patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Kenya, raising the number of COVID-19 cases to 142 – BY PRUDENCE WANZA

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, in a press briefing on Sunday, said the 16 new cases include 15 Kenyans and one Nigerian national.

Nine of the 16 cases are said to from the quarantine facilities while seven are from contact tracing. The 16 people have already been moved into isolation in health facilities and contact tracing is ongoing.

Dr. Mwangangi further noted that out of the 16 new cases, 12 had been confirmed in Nairobi, three in Mombasa and one in Kilifi.

The new cases include nine males and seven females and are all aged between 22 to 66 years. The Health Ministry further revealed that as of Sunday, 1,833 contacts had been monitored, with 1,384 of them being discharged.

The government has also extended the ban on travel flights allowing only cargo flights and those flying foreigners to their respective countries.

The government also cautioned that public transport vehicle operators flaunting social distance rules requiring them to carry fewer passengers will have their licenses revoked.

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