The government has announced that it’s now ready to start mass testing for coronavirus in Kenya after receiving sampling tubes from China.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, who was accompanied by Interior CS Fred Matian’gi said the country has received 200,000 sampling and testing tubes that will be crucial for the mass testing exercise.

The equipment received includes 500,000 three-ply masks, 200,000 testing and sampling tubes, 4000 shoe covers for use by the health workers, 300 static shoes for use by doctors in theatre rooms, 76,000 N95 masks and face visors.

The medical supplies were flown into the country by a Kenya Airways 787 Dreamliner.

The CS added that additional ventilators will arrive in the country on the next flight. He said that the government is working to increase its testing capacity to ensure those who came into contact with the COVID-19 patients are tested and quarantined i the shortest time possible to prevent further spreading of the virus in the country.