The Number of Coronavirus cases in Kenya has risen to 303 after seven more people tested positive for the disease.

Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe while updating Kenyans from Afya House on the Kenya’s Progress towards combating Covid19 also announced that all the new cases are  Kenyan citizens.

Mr Kagwe warned that if the situation in neighboring Somalia and Tanzania is anything to go by, then Kenyans must be prepared for the worst. Both countries have recorded an upsurge in Covid19 cases within a week.

“A few days ago, WHO warned that the number of Covid 19 cases in Africa could surge to millions in just 3-6 months, while this is just a projection, it might be a reality,this virus transmits silently” said Kagwe

He said the government is planning to carry out 250,000 tests by the end of June 2020. So far 25,000 test kits have been deployed to carry out the Mass testing exercise

With an increased capacity for testing, Kenya has tested over 14,417 samples since the first case of the coronavirus was reported on March 13.

Several cases of defiance to rules to prevent further spread of the virus have been reported over the last few days.

Some of the offences cited so far are bribery in order to leave quarantine facilities, breaking curfew regulations, sneaking into and of counties despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cessation of movement order for Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi and advice against travel, and gathering in public for purposes of socializing.

Regarding this, Mr Kagwe warned that the government will do anything to protect Kenyans.

Mr Kagwe announced a new directive on the cessation of all movements in and out of Mandera County. The move was informed by an increase in Corona cases in the county. The Northern Frontier County now becomes the 5th in Kenya to be on enforced restrictions of movement.

On his part while addressing Kenyans on Thursday Morning through a section of radio stations, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned all that escaped from quarantine at Nairobi Medical Training College (KMTC) that government will catch up with them.

He thanked all the parties that had cooperated with the government by observing the rules as well as individuals and organizations for their contributions.

By By Henix Obuchunju

Multimedia journalist

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