The number of State House workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 has risen to 16.
The Kenyatta owned People Daily reports that out of the 16, four reside within State House while the remaining reside outside the guarded complex.
“We have so far 16 cases that have turned positive from the virus with four of us living within the compound and the rest outside,” said the source.
The new revelation came even as it emerged that a senior State official had been admitted in a private hospital in Nairobi after he tested positive for the virus.
By last evening, it also emerged that some governors who had visited State House recently are being sought after some individuals tested positive for the virus.
The new revelations came after on Monday the government introduced stricter access protocols in State House after the virus found its way into the highly-guarded complex, with four of its employees testing positive.
Sealing off State House option was on the table to protect the staff even as State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said that families and close contacts of the affected employees had been traced and were being attended to.
In a communication to media house on Monday, State House said the infected officers had been admitted to the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital in Kiambu county for treatment.
The move, according to Dena, had necessitated stricter measures to contain further spread of the disease among the employees serving President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family.
In her statement to newsrooms, Kanze said the President and his family were safe and free from the virus.
The number of engagements at the government’s seat of power had been cut to the bare minimum as part of the new measures to curb spread of the disease.
The four victims were identified following mass testing for the virus at State House, which yesterday infected 133 more people in the country, bringing Kenya’s national tally to 3,727.