NAIROBI – Kenya’s Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi on Thursday, April 23 announced that over the last 24 hours, 17 people have tested positive for COVID 19, with 2 in intensive care unit (ICU).
This takes the number of confirmed cases in the country to 320.
He noted that 668 samples had been tested over the last 24 hours, with 6 having recovered from the virus. Nairobi County had the largest number of tested samples with 478.
Over the last 24 hours, the country has not recorded a single death from the virus, with the number at 14.
14 of the 17 confirmed cases were persons who were picked by the ministry’s surveillance team, with all of them being Kenyans. Two people were from the nationally designated quarantine facilities.
Of the confirmed cases, Mwangangi stated that there were 9 males and 8 females. The cases were spread across the country as follows; Mombasa County recorded 12 of the cases and Nairobi County recorded 5.
She advised members of the public to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, warning of a greater danger if they continued to defy the given national directives.
Mwangangi commended local innovative efforts across the country aiding in the fight against COVID-19.
“We’re glad Kenyans are taking handwashing measures seriously,” Mwangangi acknowledged, however, pointed out that Kenyans had depended more on the use of sanitizers than soap and water.
Meanwhile, Tanzania’s ministry of education has postponed the Advanced Certificate for Secondary Examinations Education until further notice due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The countries Permanent Secretary, Dr. Leonard Akwilapo on April 22, 2020, responded to questions from parents and form six students about their fate over final exams that were set to begin early May.
According to the 2020 Advanced Certificate for Secondary Examinations (ACSEE) timetable, Form Six candidates were supposed to begin the exams on May 4, 2020, starting with General studies in the morning.
Recently, parents and students have been struggling to find out whether the ACSEE will continue as planned or not as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has since led to the closure of all schools and colleges to contain further spread of the virus.