Kenya: six teachers from Nyeri high school tested positive for Covid-19

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Six teachers from Nyeri High School have tested positive for Covid-19, the county health department confirmed on Thursday.

Nyeri’s health services director Nelson Muriu said 16 teachers had been tested for the coronavirus.

“Of the 16 teachers tested, six tested positive, all had mild cases and were cared for at home,” he said.

Last month, a teacher at the school died in what was believed to be complications from Covid-19 while another is said to be admitted to a hospital outside the county.

The institution is not the first in the county to have cases of Covid-19. In March, four students tested positive for the virus.

On July 10, 85 students and a teacher from the Ngorano mixed secondary school and boarding school were diagnosed with the virus.

The school, which has a population of 271 students, quarantined its residents while day schools were asked to isolate themselves at home.

Dr Muriu said the county sent an emergency team to the school on Monday and Tuesday to monitor the situation at the institution.

He noted that schools were at high risk of becoming Covid-19 hotspots due to their large populations. He added that the reporting of Form One students also made institutions vulnerable to infections due to the large numbers of people.


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