Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday confirmed that the number of Coronavirus patients in Kenya had risen to 25 with nine new cases diagnosed.

Seven of the nine are Kenyan nationals while the other two new cases are foreigners.

The CS explained that the cases had been discovered from 82 samples that were tested in 24 hours.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms 9 new cases of Coronavirus, total rises to 25 with 4 counties affected - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms 9 new cases of Coronavirus, total rises to 25 with 4 counties affected - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi

"82 samples from suspected cases have been tested in various labs. We have received confirmation of 9 cases bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in Kenya to 25.

"We have identified high risk counties and have taken extra measures in those counties - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale," the CS stated.

CS Kagwe added that he and the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus would be announcing new measures to curb spread of the virus on Thursday.

Individuals exposed to Covid-19

He further explained that a number of those who had come into contact with infected persons are still being quarantined and tested.

"Total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 745; out of this number, 98 of them have been discharged after completing the 14-day follow up period. We now have 647 remaining close contacts that our tracing teams are monitoring. 15 individuals are also currently admitted at Mbagathi Hospital waiting test results," the CS reported.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms 9 new cases of Coronavirus, total rises to 25 with 4 counties affected - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirms 9 new cases of Coronavirus, total rises to 25 with 4 counties affected - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi