Mobile lab to be set up a Namanga border as Bomet registers first Covid-19 case

Mobile lab to be set up a Namanga border as Bomet registers first Covid-19 case

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Rashid Aman | Courtesy of Ministry of Health

13 May, 2020

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman today announced that the Government will provide a mobile lab at the Namanga border point in the coming week to start testing of truck drivers and the area locals. The area has been classified as a high risk area due to number of cases reported at the border crossing on both sides.The move to install the lab, the health CAS said, was under the East African community programme and aimed at improving Covid-19 detection between the member states.

He reported that in the last 24 hours, a total of 1,516 samples were tested and out of these, 22 people tested positive for the Corona virus. The number of confirmed cases now stands 737. 21 of the cases are Kenyans while 1 is Ugandan and in terms of age, the youngest is 20 years while the oldest is 81 years old.  The ministry has so far tested a total of 35, 432 samples.

The case distributions in terms of county was registered as; Nairobi with 10, Mombasa 8, Kajiado 3 and Bomet has 1 case. Bomet now joins the list of counties affected by the virus bringing the total number of counties to 20.

The spread by estates is as follows; In Nairobi, Embakasi has 4, Kamukunji 3, Kibra 2 and Kenyatta national Hospital 1. Mombasa has 7 in Mvita and 1 in Nyali while in Kajiado the cases was picked up in Namanga.

Today, a total of 22 people have been discharged from hospital raising the number of recoveries to 281. However, 4 more people succumbed to the disease; 2 from Nairobi, 1 in Mombasa and 1 in Bomet bringing the number of fatalities in the country to 40.