Kenya confirms 8 new COVID-19 cases as total figure hits 50

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NAIROBI, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's health ministry on Monday confirmed eight more cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of those who have so far turned positive to 50.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary for Health said the eight cases are spread out in various counties including one in Kitui, six in Nairobi and one in Mombasa.

He said medical personnel are in the process of tracing contacts for the 50 confirmed cases besides tracing additional others who had been in contact with the previous 42 persons.

"The total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1,474. Out of this number, 231 have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14 days follow up period. Currently, our teams are monitoring 1,211 close contacts," he added.

Kagwe called on populations to take greater care adding that its now clear that the virus is no longer transmitted from outside the country but has taken a community transmission mode.

"From the data, it is evident that the virus is being spread through community transmission. This now calls for a lot of personal responsibility among Kenyans in this fight against the disease," he added.

Kagwe cautioned Kenyans to stop urban-rural migration especially from Nairobi to upcountry if the trip is not necessary.

"We are now spreading it amongst ourselves. We must now raise our level of alert and intervention measures," said Kagwe.

He said that the government will start providing all motorbike taxi operators with masks and directed the operators to carry only one passenger at a time who must also wear the mask. Enditem

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