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Kenya coronavirus cases cross 1,000 mark

Wednesday May 20 2020
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Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during a press conference on the Covid-19 disease at Afya House in Nairobi on May 20, 2020. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By ADONIJAH OCHIENG

Kenya's confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000 mark Wednesday after 66 more tested positive, the highest single-day jump.

The rise announced by Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe now brings the tally to 1,029.

Mr Kagwe said that of the new patients, 64 are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals.

During the daily press briefing, Mr Kagwe also received two mobile laboratories and testing kits from Germany through the Germany Development Bank to help fight Covid-19.

The two labs will be stationed at Namanga, the border town with Tanzania, and Naivasha dry port in central Kenya.

Truck drivers are fast becoming the weakest link in the fight against coronavirus in the region as several truckers have tested positive at regional borders.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday banned movement across Kenya’s borders with Tanzania by blocking trucks at the Lunga Lunga/Horohoro and Taveta/Holili border points.

Kagwe also announced an extension of cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh estate in Nairobi and Old Town estate in Mombasa until June 6.

Malls and eateries will remain closed until the same date, Kagwe added.

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