Two Mombasa schools closed for two weeks after 15 Covid-19 cases

Two Mombasa schools closed for two weeks after 15 Covid-19 cases

Two secondary schools in Mombasa counties have been closed for two weeks following 15 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The schools, Star of the sea school and Tononoka high school, have been closed over fears that the virus would spread further after some tests turned positive for Covid-19.

Two Mombasa schools closed for two weeks after 15 Covid-19 cases

In Star of the sea high school, located in Ganjoni, both the Principal his deputy and some teachers tested positive for Covid-19.

The closure of the 2 schools in Mombasa county has been announced by the County Commissioner.

It remains unclear if there are any students who have contracted the virus.

Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the schools will be closed for two weeks.

Teachers started showing symptoms last week and went for private screening. They turned out positive.

According to information, learners have not been tested at all and they are suspected to be carriers of the same.

This is the latest case of Covid-19 in schools after two cases were confirmed in schools a week after reopening in Nandi county.

A student at Kabote SDA secondary school in Nandi hills tested positive for coronavirus and was taken to an isolation centre.

There was also panic at Lelmokwo secondary school but the health executive Ruth Koech only confirmed the case at Kabote.

This comes as a Mombasa nurse succumbed to Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Officials said the health worker developed breathing difficulties and was rushed to a Likoni hospital where she died.

Following her death, several of her colleagues were put on isolation to curb the spread of the virus.

The body of the nurse will ferried to her rural home in Nyeri for burial. The nurse worked for many years at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital before she was transferred to Likoni Sub-county Hospital.

“We are sad following the demise of our colleague due to the virus. The county government has neglected the medical fraternity during this pandemic. We have been demanding for PPEs and our September salaries, but they have remained silent,” Kenya National Union of Nurses Mombasa branch chairman Peter Maroko said.

The union official claimed healthcare staff have been working without basic personal protecting gears including face masks.

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