Government to boost Covid-19 testing capacity

CS Mutahi Kagwe. Image|Courtesy

The government is set to boost the coronavirus testing capacity even as the positive numbers soars to 963.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said 5 testing laboratories will be set in a couple of weeks to come, to increase the rate of testing.

“We started with only two testing labs, but at the moment we have about 10 laboratories in counties and we are looking forward to moving to the northern part of the country,” said CS Kagwe.

CS Kagwe added that at the borders, “we had problems with testing but mobile laboratories are now being deployed at the Namanga border.”

On Tuesday, the ministry tested 1,933 samples bringing the total number of tests in the country to 46,984.

Out of the tests in the last 24 hours, 51 people tested positive bringing the total number of infections in the country to 963.

32 of these are male and 19 are female.

A total of 22 more people were discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 358.

Meanwhile, the ministry link the high number of fatalities recorded in Mombasa to household deaths.

Of the 50 deaths recorded, 15, which represents 30 per cent, were household deaths.

“We have been explaining that people must not be kept at home, you must leave your house…if you die at home, what it means is that the rate of infection and the rate of mortality is going to be a lot higher than had the person been infected by somebody who is almost asymptomatic,” said CS Kagwe.

He added that, “So I think we should make it clear that the rising deaths in Mombasa is essentially people dying at home…and we want to urge that if a person is unwell, please take them to hospital. Because if they’re unwell and you’re the one who is looking after them, then chances are that you can yourself die.”

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