Mutahi Kagwe, the Health CS has said there are 23 coronavirus hotspot areas in Nairobi and Mombasa. Speaking during a press briefing on Friday, the CS said sampling is underway in Nairobi’s Kawangware area where 13 people have so far tested positive.
“They are now in isolation centres and there lies the very important exercise of contact tracing because unless we can contact trace these patients, it means that the 13 will now be spreading COVID-19 in Kawangware and it spreads like bushfire,” he said.
According to him, the first Kawangware patient resulted in six other people contracting the disease and then other cases emerged after they did contact tracing.
Aside from Kawangware, other hotspot areas in Dagoretti North Constituency include Kilimani (6 cases), Kileleshwa (5), Hurlingham (3) and Lavington (3).
11 people reported to have contracted COVID-19 in Eastleigh ward while Karen and South C have 7 and 4 respectively.
“You know how densely populated Eastleigh is, so when you hear that there are 11 cases it means that there are more people in quarantine because of those 11,” CS Kagwe said.
Kibra has 4, Pipeline 6, Dandora 5, Utawala 4, Nyayo Estate 3, City Park Manji Court (Westlands) 5, Parklands 5 and Buruburu 4.
CS Kagwe further warned that more stringent measures will be effected especially in Mombasa since majority of the latest cases are from there.
36 people contracted the disease are from Mji wa Kale (Old Town), Kuze, Bondeni, Memon and Mlango wa Papa wards within Mvita Constituency.
8 others are from Likoni while 11 are from Bamburi.
“Mvita is where we had an 87-year-old herbalist who died and almost all the cases in Mombasa can be tracked back to the same source,” the CS said.
“KPA has been a big challenge but we have done quite a bit of testing within there.