Fake Mourners nabbed with Empty Coffin, one tests positive for COVID-19
A group of people traveled to Homa Bay County from Nairobi disguised as mourners and armed with an empty casket in a bid to get past officers manning borders following the cessation of movement.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday said that the group had been nabbed and forced into quarantine.
The CS also revealed that the group’s driver tested positive for COVID-19.“The governor of Homa Bay informed me of a group of people who travelled from Nairobi in a private vehicle pretending that they were attending a funeral, fully equipped with an empty coffin. Those people travelled all the way from Nairobi to Homa Bay during this period when we have stopped movement, Thanks to the Homa Bay administration, somebody got suspicious and opened the coffin (and found it empty). They were immediately put in quarantine and today, I can confirm, that the driver is positive. This person has now taken the disease to Homa Bay for very selfish reasons.” he said
Speaking during the daily briefing at Afya house, Kagwe also revealed that Kenya has recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in the country to 262.
The 16 are from a cluster of 1,015 samples tested over the last 24 hours.
The CS said none of the 16 cases has a history of travel and that they are also not from quarantine facilities.
Nine of the patients are from Nairobi, five from Mombasa and one from Homa Bay County. They are all aged between 23 and 84 years.
The CS further confirmed that seven people had been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 60.
Two more people also succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 13.