The Ministry of Health has scaled up the Coronavirus testing capacity by adding more testing labs. By press time, the testing labs were 22 including the two mobile labs unveiled on Wednesday.
Initially, the labs which were only two and based in Nairobi have now spread across the country. Notably, the labs are both from the public and the private sector.
Among the private facilities offering COVID-19 test is the prestigious Nairobi Hospital which has tested at least 620 samples by press time.
Initially, the Nairobi Hospital had announced that it would carry out Coronavirus testing at Sh10,000 per test. Based on this figure, it means the facility has wrecked in at least Sh6.2 million.
The move to charge the testing was met with a lot of resistance with many Kenyans demanding to understand why they should pay for the services yet the government had promised free management of the disease.
By press time, the government had conducted almost 50, 000 coronavirus test. On Wednesday, 66 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed from 2,621 samples tested in the last 24 hours to bring total cases to 1029.
The 66 cases have been distributed across the country in Mombasa (30), Nairobi (26), Kajiado (3), Busia (1), Kisii (1), Uasin Gishu (1), Nakuru (1), Kirinyaga (1), Makueni (1), and Meru (1).
In Mombasa, the cases are distributed in different estates as follows;
Likoni (10), Kisauni (8), Changamwe (3), Nyali (3), Jomvu (3), Mvita (3).
For Nairobi, the cases are as Kibra (15), Langata (3), Starehe (2), Dagoretti (2), Westlands (1), Eastleigh, (1), Mathare (1) and Dandora (1).