Kenya on Thursday reported its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, just three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
In a press briefing held in Mombasa, health CS Hon Mutahi Kagwe announced 447 new Covid-19 cases from 3,803 samples tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 8,975.
Kagwe noted that Kenya has now registered four new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing its total number to 173.
He urged Kenyans to continue adhering to COVID-19 regulations in a bid to curb further spread of the disease.
This comes in the wake of false tests that led to the closure of Lang’ata Hospital in Nairobi for carrying out fake Covid-19 tests.
The facility was raided on Wednesday by officials from the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technology Board following allegations that they were carrying out fake Covid-19 tests.
The hospital laboratories were shut down after it was found that some of the technicians were colluding with others at Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) to conduct Coronavirus tests.
Apparently, the tests were going for Sh5,500 with the samples being ferried to Kemri in an ambulance for testing.
It was found that during the raid the facility was stocking and using expired reagents for the virus tests.
Government labelled test kits which are not for sale were discovered at the privately owned hospital.
Patrick Kisabei, KMLTTB CEO said, “The reason why we have decided to close this institution is that they are lying to the public that they are doing the Covid-19 tests while they are not.”