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How traveller infected with Coronavirus dodged arrest

Health CECM Esther Somoire
Health CECM Esther Somoire
Infectious man uses panya route to dodge police and medical personnel at Namanga border, hikes a PSV to Isinya town where he was finally nabbed.

Kajiado county government on Thursday night released information on how two new cases of COVID-19 infection were identified and quarantined.

This is after the Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman earlier in the day announced 25 new positive cases of Covid-19 in the country, taking the total tally of infections to 607.

Aman had indicated Kajiado had received two new cases of the Coronavirus infection but never provided details.

County Health CEC member, Esther Somoire said the two cases were picked from the county’s quarantine facilities in the Namanga border and Kajiado towns.

Veterinary Doctor

“A 36 years old male Kenyan veterinary doctor working with the East African Community who had stayed in Arusha for two weeks used panya routes to get entry to Kenya, was arrested at the Isinya roadblock by immigration officers,” said Somoire. 

He has admitted at ACK quarantine facility on May 4th and samples from him collected on the following day were confirmed positive on Thursday, May 7, 2020. 

Somoire said the patient is now admitted to Kajiado County Referral Hospital isolation ward.

The Health CEC member said the second person is a 37-year-old female Kenyan who left the United Kingdom on December 16, 2019, and went to Zanzibar, Tanzania where she stayed for one week before travelling to Kenya.

Somoire said the Kenyan female left Nairobi on January 19 for Zanzibar to do research Ndangoni village of Pemba highlands amongst fishermen in the area. 

She stayed there till May 3, 2020, before travelling to Arusha and later to Namanga on May 4, 2020, where she was placed on mandatory quarantine, said Somoire. 

Samples collected from her on May 5, 2020, were confirmed positive on May 7, 2020. She has since been admitted to the KCRH isolation centre. 

“We have also isolated the police officers who came in to contact with the 2 cases at the border and the Isinya roadblocks,” said Somoire.

Aman, speaking while addressing the press at Afya House in the day, said the new cases were confirmed from 632 samples tested within the last 24 hours.

He said 22 of them are Kenyans, 1 is a Ugandan, another a Tanzanian while the remaining is a Chinese national.

The 25 cases were recorded in various parts of the country, such as; Nairobi (17), Wajir (2), Kajiado (2), Mombasa (1), Isiolo (1), Migori (1), Nakuru (1).

Eastleigh Leads in Nairobi

Eastleigh leads in the number of Nairobi infections with 9 new cases, while the rest are spread between Kawangware (2), Parklands (2), Riruta (1), South C (1), Umoja (1), and Juja Road (1).

The 25 new cases include 21 males and 4 females aged between 8-73 years.

CAS Aman also announced 7 more discharges, hence bringing the total number of coronavirus recoveries to 197.

5 Infected Persons Escape in Mombasa

Meanwhile, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has revealed that five people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Mombasa Old Town had disappeared with their families. 

The governor revealed this on Thursday, May 7 in a press conference on the first day of the partial lockdown imposed on Old Town, Mombasa.

Joho noted that a manhunt has been launched for the five and their families who were residing in a section of the coastal city that had defied calls by the governor to show up for mass testing.

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