Kenya's COVID-19 cases rise to 38 as 7 more confirmed

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-28 21:56:28|Editor: xuxin
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NAIROBI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Saturday confirmed 7 additional cases, as the total number of people testing positive for the COVID-19 has reached 38.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said that four of the 7 new cases are Kenyan citizens while two are Congolese and one is a Chinese national.

"The seven cases are out of the 81 tests that have been done in the last 24 hours on COVID-19 suspects," said Kagwe.

He said that out of the seven new cases, three are female and four are male, adding that that four cases had a history of travel from countries with active transmission while one had travelled to Mombasa and two did not have a history of travel.

He said that Nairobi is leading with 28 cases of those who have so far tested positive, followed by Kilifi with six, Mombasa with two, while Kajiado and Kwale counties have one each.

Kagwe said that out of the 38 positive cases, 21 are male while 16 are female, adding that tracing of contacts of the 38 confirmed cases is ongoing.

He said that the total number of close contacts that are being monitored stood at 1,141.

"Out of this number, 163 have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14 days follow-up period and currently, our teams are monitoring 978 close contacts while three individuals are admitted in hospital awaiting test results," said Kagwe.

He said that a total of 833 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in the country.