The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has jumped to 50 after 8 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

Addressing the press on Monday at Afya House, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said 88 samples were tested from close contacts of the previous 42 confirmed cases and out of this number six were confirmed positive.

One of the confirmed cases is a patient at the Aga Khan Hospital.

The CS further stated that tracing of contacts of the 50 patients is ongoing and the total number of close contacts now stands at 1474.

“The eight cases are spread out in Kitui (1), Nairobi (6) and Mombasa (1),” he said.

“Out of this, 231 have been discharged after completing mandatory 14-day follow up,”

CS Kagwe said, adding that teams are now monitoring 1211 close contacts.

Nairobi County still leads the infections with 37 cases, Kilifi 6, Mombasa 4, Kajiado, Kwale and Kitui each having one case.

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