I've tested positive for Covid-19 - 'Jamdown' presenter Miss Katiwa'
Jamdown presenter Miss Katiwa is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Making the announcement via her Instagram account on July 25, 2020, the NTV personality stated that she was asymptomatic at first but has since exhibited symptoms. She noted that her family is aware of her coronavirus status and expressed confidence that she will pull through.
“My beautiful people, I got tested for Covid-19 and my results came, I am positive for Covid-19. I have been in isolation and I am doing great, I didn't show signs at first but later on, they started appearing, my family is well informed about it and am sure am going to come out strong because I am a fighter. I thank both Radio Africa (HBR) and NMG (NTV) for their support. Guys stay safe, put on your masks and sanitize or rather wash your hands, don't forget to keep your distance also,” stated Miss Katiwa.
The reggae show host and presenter at Home Boyz Radio is the latest television personality to reveal that they have tested positive after Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange and Stephen Letoo as well as Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Bonnie Musambi and personalities; Robert Burale and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus Is Alive Ministries, among others. Ohangla singer Abenny Jachiga and Papa Shirandula actor Charles Bukeko succumbed.
Koinange, on Monday, July 20, via Twitter, assured that he was well. “Folks, just to let you know, I have tested positive for Covid-19. I’m doing Good..NO symptoms…and my family is fine. All my close contacts have been informed. Right now I’m in self-isolation. Many thanks to Royal Media Services Management for its Support. Stay safe and God bless!”
For Letoo, who, aside from Citizen TV coincidentally works with Koinange on Hot 96, the tragedy is not knowing. He urged Kenyans to be careful and to undergo tests. “I did not have any signs and even now I don’t have any signs. I am fine and I have my appetite like before. You might even think that I am pretending. I can’t trace and explain how I got it but upon doing the tests at Nairobi Hospital, it turned out that I had contacted the virus. I just ask Kenyans to be more careful. It is sad when you can't trace where you got it from. I am doing well and I am under medication at home," he told the Star.
Musambi, on his part, tested positive three weeks earlier. He went into isolation and only revealed that he battled and conquered the disease after he recovered. “It is done, now I can reveal. I tested positive for Covid-19 but now am healed. I got the disease more than three weeks ago but tested after defeating the symptoms. However, I isolated myself and now am well. My family is well and am glad to be back on my feet. Glory to God!” He tweeted on July 19.
While news that the above personalities had tested positive did not cause any ruckus, Burale’s public tale was contrastingly hostile. When he announced that he too had the virus and narrated his subsequent hospitalization at Nairobi Hospital, the news generated heated debate for days. “For two days I fought for my life under the great care of the doctors and nurses at Nairobi Hospital… I saw the hand of God… my progress is good… my vitals are responding well,” he said.
Admitted to hospital on May 22, Bishop Wanjiru said she was taken to the hospital not knowing she had contracted the illness caused by a novel coronavirus. “I had food poisoning on a Sunday. When I went to the hospital, I did not go for COVID-19, didn’t sneeze or cough but I have walked out of this hospital COVID-19 free. I was in the hospital and my grandchildren were in the same hospital and we never met,” said the former Starehe MP Margaret.