- "We have tested 300 Kenyans out of which 22 people have been infected with the coronavirus."
- The first woman reported to be infected with the COVID-19 virus said she had been completely cured after 23 days of treatment.
- Garment manufacturers have been severely affected since the first case of COVID-19 disease was reported in Kenya.
Kenya has reported 22 new cases of coronavirus, thus putting Kenya at 81. Speaking to the media, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said there was good news, however. Three patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, Kagwe said. He added that 13 patients were male and nine were female. The patients include 18 Kenyans, 2 Pakistani citizens, and 2 Cameroonians.
“We have tested 300 Kenyans out of which 22 people have been infected with the coronavirus. This is the largest number only in one day,” he said. Minister Kagwe said that two patients who survived the disease, identified as Brenda and Brian, spoke in a live video call with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The President urged Kenyans to help stop the deadly virus.
Kagwe said the virus was spreading rapidly in the country. In regard to incidents reported in the last 24 hours, the minister said that the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are spread out in the Counties as follows:
- Mombasa 7
- Kiambu 2
- Kakamega 1
- Kilifi 1
- Machakos 1
- Muranga 1
- Nyamira 1
- Nairobi 1
He has urged Kenyans to comply with government directives but said that food trucks are allowed to travel anywhere in the country. “What we are blocking is the meetings of the people,” he explained.
Patients who survived COVID-19 talk
The first woman reported to be infected with the COVID-19 virus said she had been completely cured after 23 days of treatment. The woman, named Brenda, has told reporters that she had been visiting the United States since December last year, but suspects that she contracted coronavirus on a plane when she returned to Kenya from London in early March. “I had a cough three days after returning to the country,” Brenda said.
Clothing retailers are crying out
Garment manufacturers have been severely affected since the first case of COVID-19 disease was reported in Kenya. In the Ruiru district, Kiambu, where markets were ordered to close last week from March 26, second-hand sellers have complained of poor economic conditions, saying the money is not available. Businessmen at Ruiru Urban, Jubilee, and Migingo markets in Githurai, and on the roadside have said that as the situation progresses, they may not even have money to buy food.
“Sales volumes began to decline, the trend continued as coronavirus cases increased,” Simon Kagombe, a second-hand clothes retailer said. Despite the fact that boutique services are allowed, Antony Kabui, an M-Pesa agent, says the number of customers has dropped dramatically. “Before this disaster, I would serve over 50 clients a day. They are now down to 20,” the businessman said.
The situation is similar in other parts of Kiambu, such as Thika in Kenya. Closing the market aims to help control the further spread of coronavirus, which, according to Minister Kagwe, continues to be spread internally. “The cases of infection we are witnessing now are not foreign, the virus is now among us,” said Mr. Kagwe in one of the sessions with the media. Many of the markets, especially the outfits “we have visited in the Ruiru parliament, have been left out.”