Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced that one more patient has tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya bringing the total number to 4.
Speaking during a Press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the CS revealed that the patient had travelled from London on March 8 and arrived in Kenya the next day.
“The four patients are healthy and are being looked after. The search for those that the latest patient has been in contact with is ongoing. We continue to ask citizens to maintain hygiene,” he said.
According to the CS, samples from the fourth patient were confirmed as positive by the National Influenza Centre.
He noted that so far, laboratories at the National Influenza Centre and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have tested 111 suspected cases.
He further stated that on March 12, a total of 27 people were traced after having had contact with the first patient and two of them tested positive.
The others who had been quarantined at Mbagathi Hospital turned out negative and have been released but ordered to continue self-quarantine at home.
“When the Public Health Act has been invoked, quarantine is not a voluntary but a mandatory measure that can lead to a jail sentence,” he said.