10 National Treasury officers confirmed positive for Covid-19, all staff to be tested

National Treasury building

Ten officers from the National Treasury have tested positive for coronavirus.

This was from 50 samples that were tested last week, transiting to 20 per cent of the tests done.

In a memo dated July 13 and signed off by Principal Administrative Secretary Amos Gathecha, the ministry said the number was alarming, and thus ordered all staff to be tested for coronavirus.

“Towards this end, we have requested the Ministry of Health to conduct testing for all staff of the National Treasury. The testing will commence tomorrow 14th July, 2020 at 9am and will go on for three days. They will test 200 cases every day”.

“You are requested to generate a list of 40 persons per day to be tested. In this case kindly, do the list to be tested tomorrow and hand over the names to Senior Deputy Secretary, Mr Boniface Simba,” the memo says.

This comes as more Covid-19 cases were reported at State House a month after four officers were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

As a result, officers were moved to KICC, NHIF and Harambee Annex buildings, where they are working from.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been operating from his Harambee House office — the Office of the President — from where he has been issuing national addresses on Covid-19.

Those working outside State House include accountants, human resource, procurement, administration and communication departments.

Those who have moved with him to the OP include State House Controller Kinuthia Mbugua and his lean support team.

Joseph Kinyua, the Head of Public Service, is also operating away from State House.

State House is still under lockdown, and no visitors are allowed in, thus forcing the President to hold meetings at Harambee House.

When the first cases were reported, State House said it had strengthened Covid-19 containment measures, and rolled out extra access protocols for staff residing outside the compound and visitors.

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