COVID-19 UPDATE: Kenya evacuates 237 nationals stranded in India

NAIROBI — Kenya has confirmed arrival of 237 Kenyans who had gone to India for treatment and announced that similar flights are expected into the country in the coming days.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) , Dr. Rashid Aman confirmed that 237 Kenyans came back into the country Friday night, accompanied by their caregivers and family and were received by the Ministry of Health staff who facilitated their accommodation in hotels at the government expense as they were being processed to proceed for home based self-quarantine.

Speaking during the COVID-19 media on Saturday, he announced that the Ministry will continue to conduct targeted testing in high risk areas.

He thanked the health workers for their dedication and courage that has led to this achievements and called on the Kenyans to support the recoveries.

Dr. Rashid also noted that the Government is working on expansion of testing capacity in all the Counties to enable truck drivers to be tested from the point of origin of their journey and also announced that the Government is working with County

Several governments and other agencies to educate the people who have been displaced by floods on containment measures against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Acting Director General, Dr. Patrick Amoth disclosed that 34 health care workers out of 621 have tested positive either directly or indirectly for COVID 19, equivalent to about 5.5 percent of the cases in the country but non has died so far.

He also explained that out of the over 29,000 tested cases, around 21,000 are index or primary tests while the others are repeats for the patients in recovery.

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