Kenya has recorded the biggest jump in coronavirus infection as 22 more people tested positive, bringing the total numner to 81.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 13 of the new cases are male and nine are female.Mr Kagwe said the patients comprise 18 Kenyans, two Pakistani and two Cameroonian citizens.

This brings the national total to 81. The government said all patients are doing well, except for one at the intensive care unit of the Aga Khan University Hospital.

Dr Patrick Amoth, the director general at the Ministry of Health said the new cases are infections from within the country.

He added that 21 of the new cases are already in quarantine after they were found to have come into contact with confirmed cases.

Four new counties recorded their first coronavirus cases. These are Kiambu, Murang’a, Machakos and Nyamira.

At the same time, Dr Amoth confirmed the case of a clinical officer in Nairobi who becomes Kenya’s first health worker to contract the virus in the line of duty.

He said the medic was taken ill last week at Ngara Health Centre in Nairobi, where she works.

Clinical officers and other medics said the case demonstrates the increased need for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for individuals on the frontline in combating the virus.