Industrial Area Prison locked down as Kenya records 137 new cases, 8 deaths

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Nairobi Industrial Area Remand Prison will not receive any remandees as from Wednesday, October 7 following a rise in the number of COVID-19 infections at the facility.

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman said the Ministry of Health has noted an increase in COVID-19 cases in prisons particularly in the Industrial Area Remand facility.

45 of the 64 cases reported in Nairobi were from the Nairobi Industrial Area Remand Prison.

“So with regard to what we have seen in the Nairobi Remand Prison, it has been directed that the Nairobi Remand Prison will cease to receive any remandees and it will be in a closed down mode,” said Dr. Aman.

He further highlighted a worrying trend in Turkana County where 34 coronavirus cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, 33 of them being from the Kakuma Refugee Camp, with 10 being new arrivals.

This comes as the country recorded 137 new cases from a sample size of 1,258 samples bringing the number of cases recorded so far to 39,586.

“This will show you that our positivity rate for today is above 10%,” said Dr. Aman.

Eight more patients also succumbed to the virus raising the death toll to 743.