Covid-19 is no longer a Nairobi disease but has spread widely to other counties.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe Monday warned counties bordering Nairobi that their responsibility is high to guard against the spread of the virus.
Nairobi County which is the epicenter of the virus is leading with 200 cases followed by Mombasa with 54 cases.
11 people on Monday tested positive for the virus pushing the latest tally of confirmed cases in the country to 281.
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Seven of the new patients are from Mombasa and four from Ruaka in Nairobi. The CS has singled out counties of Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Murang’a as high risk areas.
“ I want to make a special appeal to the people in the counties of Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Murang’a. As Nairobi Metropolitan Counties, you have a special responsibility to guard against the spread of Coronavirus from Nairobi County. Coronavirus is not a Nairobi disease, it’s something in the neighborhood carried around by your brother, sister or friend”, he warned.
The cited counties have however reported positive cases. In Machakos, seven people have tested positive; Syokimau (2) and one (1) each in Athi River, Kamulu, Rubi Garden Estate, Kithunguni and Viraji.
Githurai, Githurai 45, Ndongoru, Thindigua, Tinganga, Waithaka and Wataalam estates all in Kiambu County have a case each.
Kajiado’s has three cases spread out in Kitengela, Matasia and Ongata Rongai areas while Murang’a County has two confirmed cases in Gatanga and Lumumba Drive.
“All these cases are being treated in our various hospitals and we hope they will be the last of the cases in your counties” said Kagwe during his daily update on Covid-19.
Kagwe further revealed 455 Kenyans have been quarantined at their own cost for defying the dusk to dawn curfew.
He said that security officers were working closely with public health officials to ensure anyone flouting the national curfew regulations is taken in for mandatory quarantine.
“ Once you are out during curfew hours it is assumed that you have been exposed to the virus” he warned.
Another 483 individuals are held in the various quarantine centres. The government so far has 33 active quarantine centres which have been supplied with assorted protective gear.
Below is the latest county distribution of the 281 Covid-19 cases.
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