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Interior Ministry Addresses CS Matiang’i ICU Hospitalization Reports

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The Ministry of Interior on Friday July 24 asked Kenyans to disregard information that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Through their official Twitter account, the ministry advised Kenyans to deem the information as ‘untrue’.

“To all members of the public, please disregard the fake news and misinformation being spread on various outlets that CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i is hospitalized. The claims are completely untrue.” read the tweet.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi in Upper Hill, Nairobi, on April 25, 2019.
Source: The Star

Reports of Matiang’i’s hospitalization surfaced as early as 10pm Thursday evening running into the early hours of Friday morning through Facebook. According to them, Matiang’i had suffered from COVID-19.

“Matiang’i was admitted at the facility after his condition deteriorated at his home where he was under self isolation,” read a part of the excerpt.

This follows a local daily reporting that two cabinet secretaries and a senior government official tested positive for the virus.

The three were reportedly informed of the virus and advised to take up home based care as part of the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

“We can confirm that two Cabinet Secretaries and a senior government official have tested positive. However, the trio are asymptomatic, we have advised that they be kept on home-based care as we monitor them,” the report stated.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i speaking to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Source: File

President Uhuru Kenyatta in a letter dated July 21 ordered all cabinet secretaries not to travel outside Nairobi following the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“You are advised not to move out of Nairobi for the next one week until advised otherwise. This directive takes effect from the date of this communication,” read the memo.

So far, the country has recorded 15,601 cases. Of this, 263 have passed on while 7,135 have recorded.

Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi during a past COVID-19 press briefing. Source: The Star

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