Citizen TV’s News Anchor, Jeff Koinange on Monday, July 20, revealed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The renowned journalist informed his fans across his various social media platforms that he was doing well, adding that he was not displaying any of the symptoms associated with the coronavirus

“Folks, just to let you know, I have tested positive for Covid-19. I am doing Good. No symptoms…and my family is fine. All my close contacts have been informed. Right now I am in self-isolation. Many thanks to Royal Media Services management for its support. Stay safe and God bless!” he tweeted.

Royal Media Services has been implementing a number of measures to protect its staff after the pandemic broke out in Kenya. These include various sanitization spots at the media houses as well as constant screening.

Jeff Koinange reads his autobiography Through My African Eyes on Monday, June 22, 2020
Jeff Koinange reads his autobiography Through My African Eyes on Monday, June 22, 2020

From the moment he sent out the message to is 1.7 million followers on Twitter, there was an outpouring of goodwill messages, as Kenyans wished him a quick recovery.

“You’ll be fine. You’re in my thoughts and prayers,” renowned media personality Caroline Mutoko posted.

“All the best buddy. You are in my prayers.” Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen added.

Journalists have been at the frontline in the fight against the pandemic by moving out to gather information, just to help keep the nation updated on the status of the war against the virus.

This has greatly increased their risk of exposure, with several media houses now confirming positive Covid-19 cases among their staff.

“Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines,” read a memo sent out by Mediamax Network LTD – the company that owns K24 TV – on July 13.

Still, in July, two members of staff at the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) tested positive for Covid-19.

As at Monday, July 20, Kenya has confirmed a total of 13,771 positive Covid-19 cases, 253 fatalities as well as 5,616 recoveries.

The country has witnessed a spike in the total number of daily cases, forcing President Uhuru Kenyatta to convene an extraordinary meeting of the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit.

President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing a virtual meeting with the special coronavirus emergency taskforce on April 1, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing a virtual meeting with the special coronavirus emergency taskforce on April 1, 2020.