Uasin Gishu county has become the latest county in Kenya to record its first case of the deadly coronavirus.
Announcing the news on Wednesday afternoon during the usual press briefing, health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi indicated that the number of persons confirmed to have contracted the deadly virus had risen by 7 to a total of 179 persons.
One of the seven new cases in the country came from Uasin Gishu county.
The other five cases came from Nairobi county while one from Mombasa.
Out of the seven new cases reported, 4 victims have travel history. Mwangangi also disclosed that a total of 5278 tests had been conducted by Wednesday afternoon.
She also disclosed that one of the patients who was in a critical care unit had been discharged to stable wards.
At the same time, the CAS revealed that the government had enhanced the country’s capacity to mass production of masks and sanitizers. She added that Kenya prisons had also chipped in to assist in producing the masks.
The CAS also appealed to Kenyans to assist in availing extra personal oxygen cylinders to the ministry to assist patients in need of oxygen supplements.
This comes in the wake of allegations that a total of 17 members of parliament who were recently tested for the deadly coronavirus had contracted the disease.
Uasin Gishu Women Rep Gladys Boss Shollei and Soy Member of Parliament rubbished claims that they were among Members of Parliament who have tested positive for Covid-19.
Through her social media pages, Shollei said the reports circulating on main stream and social media platforms were not true.
“Contrary to the reports circulating, I have not tested positive for Covid 19 and I thank God for that,” she posted.
On his part, Kositany urged Kenyans to ignore what he termed ‘false information’.
“Ignore the false information in the gutter press, am okay and busy farming,” said Kositany.