NAIROBI, KENYA: At least four State House employees have tested positive for Coronavirus, Chimp Corps report.
“During last week’s mass Covid-19 testing held on Thursday, 11th June 2020, four (4) persons were found to have contracted the disease,” Kenya presidential spokesperson, Kanze Dena Mararo, said in a statement on Monday.
“The infected officers were admitted at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital in Kiambu County for treatment. Families and close contacts of the affected officers are also being attended to accordingly.”
On Monday, Kenya confirmed 133 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 3,727 the total number of confirmed infections in the country.
At least 104 patients have succumbed to the novel virus.
Mararo today said as part of proactive measures being implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19, State House staff are regularly tested for the disease.
“The tests are conducted on all staff including His Excellency the President and members of his family,” said Mararo.
To strengthen Covid-19 containment measures, according to Mararo, extra access protocols for State House staff residing outside the compound and visitors have been rolled out.
Reports of COVID-19 cases at State House raised concerns about the safety of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his immediate family.
“State House would like to inform Kenyans that His Excellency the President and the First Family are safe and free from Covid-19,” said Mararo, adding, “State House would also like to remind Kenyans that every person is at risk of contracting Covid-19. No one is immune to the disease.”