Kenya has recorded an alarming 49 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours raising the infections numbers to 830.
In his address to the nation on Saturday afternoon from statehouse Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the numbers could have been higher by now had the government not imposed stringent measures in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“If we had not taken tough measures, there would be many thousands of infections and consequently more fatalities,” President Kenyatta said.
Seventeen more people shook off the virus and have been discharged from health facilities after twice testing negative for the novel virus, thus raising the recovery toll to 301.
Unfortunately, the number of fatalities shot to 50 after five more persons lost the battle to the virus that has upended the globe, heartlessly thrashing global economies.
The head of state expressed concern with the rising number of imported cases from neighbouring countries insisting his administration will stop at nothing while protecting its citizenry.
According to President Kenyatta, 43 of the 166 cases reported within the last week were confirmed in border points such as Wajir (14), Isebania (10), Namanga (16), Lungalunga (2), Loitoktok (1) which join Kenya to Somalia and Tanzania.
Kenya has since shut its borders with the two countries for thirty days.