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Covid-19: Kenyan government spokesperson tests positive

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has revealed that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing treatment in an isolation facility.

A COVID-19 patient reacts after being tested inside a field hospital builtÊon a soccer stadium in Machakos, as the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in Kenya, July 23, 2020. Picture taken July 23, 2020.REUTER

Kenyan government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna announced in a statement on Friday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing mild coronavirus symptoms following his return from an out-of-town assignment. He is now receiving medical care at an isolation and treatment centre.

“Recently, having come from an assignment out of town, I developed mild coronavirus related symptoms and got tested. The results came back positive for Coronavirus and I am now receiving medical care and responding well to treatment at an isolation and treatment facility,” said Oguna.

Contact tracing is in progress

Health authorities are now tracing contacts of people in Oguna's circle involving anyone who might have been in close contact with him recently. However, Oguna said his family is fine, and urged all  Kenyans to take matters seriously and follow all the precautionary measures needed to avoid infection.

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Contact tracing is on-going and my family is ok. I urge all Kenyans to take this disease seriously and take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting infected,” he noted.

The Kenyan ministry of health reported 796 new Covid-19 confirmed cases between Thursday and Friday, taking the country's case tally up to 15,601, of which 263 patients have died. According to the ministry, 99% of the new cases are asymptomatic.


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