As of 6th May 2020, Kenya confirmed a total of 582 positive Covid-19 cases which the Ministry of Health has linked 3,900 people from contact tracing. Out of the 582 positive cases, only 25% have Covid-19 related symptoms while 75% show no symptoms. Thi...
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As of 6th May 2020, Kenya confirmed a total of 582 positive Covid-19 cases which the Ministry of Health has linked 3,900 people from contact tracing. Out of the 582 positive cases, only 25% have Covid-19 related symptoms while 75% show no symptoms. This explains why the number of cases in the country has been rising every day, as most people assume they are healthy and hence continue spreading the deadly coronavirus.
The Ministry has since established seven chains of transmissions, six from Nairobi County and one from the Coast region. For instance, patient number 189 from Kawangware Estate in Nairobi County who is a public health volunteer, passed on the virus to 14 other people, directly and indirectly, while 29 contact people were followed up based on the information shared. This patient number 189 started by first infecting five people in her household that includes her house help who is a day scholar, two children, a neighbor, and one friend who visited her house. The house help upon returning home then infected her husband, twin sons, and her sister. The neighbor then transmitted the virus to her son and daughter.
In the Coast region, the government says the virus is getting out of hand with a possibility of a single infection traced to more than 37 contact people. For example, patient number 14 from Kilifi County is said to have spread the virus directly to 6 people, one in Mombasa County and 6 in Kilifi County. The 6 infected patients are then said to have transmitted the virus to 27 more people in different Coast regions and the chain continues.
The Ministry of Health says contact tracing is remaining a great challenge as some of the positive patients are not willing to cooperate in giving full details of their contact persons.