Kenya has so far sent away 182 foreigners who tested positive for Covid-19 at the Tanzanian border.
In a media briefing at Afya House on Tuesday afternoon Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe revealed that a total of 214 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus at the border points with Tanzania, only 32 who are Kenyans have been allowed into the country.
According to CS Kagwe 126 of the 182 tested positive at the Namanga border, 24 in Lunga Lunga, 23 in Taveta, 4 in Isebania and one case in Loitoktok.
“What would have happened had we not taken the measure of testing at the border is that these 182 people would now be in our midst moving around in our country and you can imagine the rate of infection this would have caused,” said Kagwe.
Kagwe has defended the government’s decision to stiffen the covid-19 mitigation measures at the Tanzanian and Somalia insisting the closure of the borders by President Uhuru Kenyatta could not have come at a more opportune time.
“This is critical and might explain why the President took the measures he took the other day.”
The man at the helm of Kenya’s health docket also announced that was set to deploy a mobile laboratory to the Namanga to scale up the testing capacity at the border the point.