The Ministry of Interior has on Friday July 24 moved to dispel rumors that the Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at the Aga Khan Hospital.
In a statement the Ministry has asked the members of the public to disregard the information citing that it is completely untrue.
“To all members of the public, please disregard the fake news and misinformation being spread on various outlets that CS Dr. Fred Matiangi is hospitalized. The claims are completely untrue,” read the statement.
To all members of the public, please disregard the fake news and misinformation being spread on various outlets that CS Dr. @FredMatiangi is hospitalized.
The claims are completely untrue. pic.twitter.com/hHUv7jkUzM
— Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) July 24, 2020
Reports circulating on social media for the better part of Thursday evening and Friday morning indicated that the CS had been battling Covid-19 at the hospital.
“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.
Earlier in the week, a local daily reported that two cabinet secretaries and a senior-ranking government official had tested positive for the virus.
The three are said to have been informed of their results and advised to embrace home-based care in adherence to the ministry’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.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyattta, in a letter dated July 21, barred all cabinet secretaries from travelling 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.