Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has announced he has placed himself under self-isolation after he came into contact with deputy governor Gideon Saburi, who tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement on Sunday, Governor Kingi said he received a negative result but he will quarantine himself for the mandatory 14 days as a precaution.
“The patient has also provided us with the names and contacts of those with whom he had direct contact. Our County coronavirus emergency response teams have already been deployed across the county and are tracing each and every contact to ensure that all these people immediately and fully observe all coronavirus protocols including the mandatory 14 days quarantine so as to keep our people safe,” said Kingi.
“I also had the emergency response team visit me at my home to collect a specimen for testing. I got my results and they turned Negative.”
He added: “Just like many people are currently working from home because of this pandemic, I will also work from home to ensure that I give proper and timely guidance to our people and particularly the Kilifi County coronavirus emergency response teams so as to safeguard our people from this pandemic.”
Saburi is among eight people who were confirmed to have the virus on Sunday, increasing the total number of infections in Kenya to 15. The eight new patients comprise five Kenyans, two French citizens, and one Mexican national.
Saburi returned to the country on March 6th from Berlin, Germany via Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He had traveled to Germany for official duty.
The Health Ministry said it is tracing 363 people believed to have come into contact with the eight patients.