There are more foreign Covid-19 cases at Kenya-Tanzania border –CS Kagwe

CS Mutahi Kagwe. Image|Courtesy

The rate of coronavirus infections at the Kenya-Tanzania continues to soar with the ministry of health recording more foreign cases.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said on Tuesday daily Covid-19 briefing that the numbers are high at the Namanga one stop border point.

The ministry tallied a total of 214 people testing positive for the virus along the borders of Namanga, Lunga Lunga, Isebania and Loitoktok, with 182 of the cases coming from Tanzania.

Out of the 182 foreigners turned away at the Tanzanian border, 126 of them tested positive in Namanga, 24 in Lunga Lunga, 23 in Taveta, 4 in Isebania and one case in Loitoktok.

“What would have happened had we not taken the measure of testing at the border is that these 182 people would now be in our midst moving around in our country and you can imagine the rate of infection this would have caused,” said CS Kagwe.

The CS further confirm that the cases in Wajir, along Kenya-Somalia border, are 14 of the 16 cases recorded in the County.

Garissa county also recorded 2 cases from individuals said to have crossed from Somalia.

CS Kagwe said the government had fully activated the Nyumba Kumi initiatives in all counties to fight the spread of the coronavirus by individuals sneaking into the country through porous borders.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the country increased to 963 after 51 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

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