The Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Rashid Aman on Tuesday said that if the Covid-19 cases in Kenya continue to increase, the government will restrict movement or close schools.

The Health CAS said that in the past few days, the Covid-19 cases have surpassed the five per cent positivity rate.

“We will have to take action to restrict movement or close schools if numbers will increase. We will monitor what is happening in our schools and take action based on what will be fit at that time,” Dr Aman warned.

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“We have reported cases of reinfection in our country. We have instituted measures which have played a big role even as we are relaxing some measures that were put in place,” the health CAS added.

Dr Aman condemned the viral video of students being fumigated and said, “that is not allowed … that is not right”. He said that they are considering testing all students for Covid-19 but in the meantime, teachers must ensure they observe all health protocols.

“I appeal to all Kenyans to be vigilant now more than ever before so that we protect our children…Public service vehicles must not overload…If we fail to adhere to the measures we will have ourselves to blame…Teachers should ensure the agreed protocols are adhered to,” the Health CAS cautioned.

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On Tuesday, 318 positive cases were registered out of the 2,592 samples tested. This brings the number of infections in the country to 41, 937. 309 of those who tested positive are Kenyans and nine are foreigners. 215 are males and 103 are females. The youngest is a three-month-old infant and the oldest is 90 years old.

243 people have recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,340. However, 10 patients succumbed bringing the total number of fatalities to 787.

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