- Nine Kenyan drivers from Tanzania were infected with the virus the previous day.
- The Zambian government closed its border with Tanzania the day before in a bid to prevent transmission.
- Kenya's coronavirus cases had reached 715, while the death toll climbed to 36.
Two Tanzanian citizens have been banned from entering Kenya on the Isibania border after being found infected with the coronavirus, according to the country’s health ministry. The government would also visit the Namanga border to determine what strategies would be put in place to prevent transmission from Tanzania.
Speaking to the media, deputy health minister Rashid Aman’s speech comes just one day after nine Kenyan drivers from Tanzania were infected with the virus. Aman said that the drivers from Kajiado were evaluated on the Namanga border, along with their Tanzanian counterparts.
He said the government had also sent a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Health, headed by the director-general of Public Health, to visit the Kajiado area to investigate the tests being carried out in the area.
At the same time, Mr. Aman said that Kenya’s coronavirus cases had reached 715, after 15 new patients were infected with the virus. However, the death toll has increased to 36, after three other people were confirmed dead in Mombasa. He confirmed that the two died at home while one died in hospital.
The move by Kenyan officials also comes to light just one day after the Zambian government closed its border with Tanzania in a bid to prevent transmission.
Mombasa is increasingly leading to new infections. Seven of the new infected are from Mombasa, three from Migori, two from Wajir and Nairobi, and Machakos and Kiambu recording one each. In Nairobi, one infected person comes from the Githurai area. Of the seven infected in Mombasa, five are from Mvita area, one from Jomvu, and one from Kisauni. All three Migorians are from the Kuria East region.
A total of 978 people have been screened in the last 24 hours, and these new victims are between one year and 8 months to 62 years. Aman announced that eight patients in the hospital had been allowed to go home, bringing the number of survivors in Kenya up to 259.
Infected 14 are Kenyan citizens, while one is a Rwandan citizen. Ten were men and five were women. The Health Ministry made its statement on Tuesday, led by the acting director of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth. He was sent to Kajiado County to monitor the testing process in that border area.
“This team will reach the Namanga border to put in place the necessary measures as a measure to reduce the transmission of the virus in this border area,” Aman said. The secretary of the ministry also addressed the issue of prison conditions, which continue to be more dangerous. The government has provided protective equipment to the prison department and has also provided relevant officers with relevant training.
East African Community Meets (Digitally) Face to Face
Meanwhile, Presidents of the East African community met yesterday via video teleconference, aimed at finding common ways and strategies to control Coronavirus transmission in member states. They also demanded truckloads of goods be transported to member countries for testing COVID-19 before closing their borders.
Some of the presidents who participated in the session were Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir. The leaders who did not participate in the session were Presidents John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania, and his colleague, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.