Residents of Kiratina village, Nakuru county, are living in fear after a truck driver whom they were interacting with was arrested.
The truck driver allegedly dodged the police after his test result for coronavirus came out positive on Friday, May 16, after undergoing a routine test for truck drivers at Mai Mahiu. He then called his old friend who lives in the village in Nakuru and asked if he could crash at his place since he had been on the road for a while. The young man allowed him to come live in his place without knowing that the man had actually tested positive for coronavirus.
“He came and told me he had been driving from Mombasa and needed a place to rest. I gave him a place to sleep because he is an old friend of mine we grew together since childhood,” said Danson Omwoncho.
Health officials said that the man dodged the health officers’ surveillance by switching off his phone and went missing. He was later tracked down and arrested at Kiratina.
“We thought he had run away because his phone went off and did not show up on Friday to collect his results,” said Kariuki Gichuki, Nakuru county health cec.
According to residents who were left in fear after learning bout the truck driver, the man had already started showing signs of coronavirus. He was allegedly sweating a lot as well as coughing.
“He was sweating a lot and was even coughing, we had asked him to go to the hospital for testing,”
In the past 24 hours, Kenya recorded the highest number on coronavirus cases ever since the pandemic hit the country.
The Ministry of Health announced that 57 more people had tested positive for coronavirus pushing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 887 from 830 recorded on Saturday, May 16.
Out of the new cases, Mombasa county accounted for 35, Nairobi 17, Kajiado (three) while Kwale and Kitui had one case each.
In the last 24hrs, our surveillance and case management team tested 2,198 samples, out of which, 57 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases in Kenya to 887.#KomeshaCorona update
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 17, 2020