First case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Kenya. Speaking to the public Healtk CS: Mutahi Kagwe said the Ministry of health has confirmed the first coronavirus case in Kenya.
The Kenyan citizen returning from the US to Nairobi via London on 5th March had not shown signs of the disease when she arrived. She was confirmed positive by the national influenza lab. However CS Kagwe has confirmed that the the patient is stable.
The 27-year-old lady is said to have taken herself to hospital after she started feeling unwell.
Following this report Mutahi Kagwe has announced suspension of all all public gatherings, inter-school events; and directed PSVs to provide hand sanitizers for passengers.
HEALTH CS Mutahi Kagwe says travel outside the country has been suspended unless absolutely necessary; zero travel to countries with high coronavirus cases.
“What we have is a Coronavirus positive test, no more than that…There is no cause for alarm.” – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe urges Kenyans to live normally, carry out their business normally.
“This is not a time for us to assign blame, the govt is doing all it can. This is a time for us to come together to ensure that this pandemic does not damage our nation.” – Mutahi Kagwe.
Stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulties in breathing ~ CS Mutahi Kagwe stated.
This news has send panic among many Kenyas as the effect on the ground is likely to disrupt many businesses and cause restricted movements.
As a precautionary measure, Kagwe has given the following orders:
- Persons with a cough or sneeze to stay at home
- Stay at home if you feel unwell with fever
- All public gatherings suspended
- All inter-schools events suspended
- Public transport providers to provide hand sanitizers
- All prison visits suspended
- All crusades have been suspended but church activities can go on provided the church has a sanitizer at entry points
Kenya becomes the 14th African country to report a positive coronavirus case. The others are Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Togo, Gabon and Ethiopia