8 more test positive as global deaths reach 11,084
22 March, 2020
Health CS,Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that eight new cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 15. Out of the latest eight (8) cases, five (5) are Kenyans and three (3) are foreign nationals-two French and one Mexican. All the eight are imported cases from America and Europe. The ages are between 20 years for the youngest and 67 years for the oldest. All the eight came through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between March 4th and March 17th, 2020. They have all been isolated at various facilities provided by the Government and are being monitored by the Ministry of Health teams.
This comes in the wake of the the global infections reaching 266,073 and 11,084 deaths recorded so far. Africa in total confirmed 572 cases with 12 reported deaths as of 21st March, 2020.
The Health CS also confirmed tracing 363 persons who had come into contact with the patients. 3 people are awaiting processing at Mbagathi hospital. The rest have been processed and discharged.
All the patients, except one who is in Coast are in stable condition and the government is preparing to have the patient airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment.
The Health CS further encouraged Kenyans to maintain and adhere to all the strict measures that had been put in place during the week . ‘’Like I cautioned last week, this is not a joke, Kenyans MUST treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves, by adjusting and changing their lifestyles. If we continue to behave normally, this disease will treat us abnormally.’’ he said.
In addition to the measures already imposed by the government, the National Emergency response Committee (NERC) have resolved other measures as follows:
- All international flights are suspended effective Wednesday March 25th, 2020 at midnight with the exception of cargo flights whose crew must observe strict guidelines. Those coming into the country between now and Wednesday will undergo mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility at their own expense.
- Whereas we had allowed Kenyans and foreigners with valid residence permits to come in to the country, we have observed that there are those who are not observing the self-quarantine protocol. Consequently NERC has decided that all persons who violate the self-quarantine requirement will be forcefully quarantined for a full period of 14 days at their cost, and thereafter arrested and charged under the Public Health Act.
- Effective midnight tonight, all BARS will remain closed until further notice. Restaurants are to remain open but only for purposes of facilitating take away services. This is meant to
secure the social distance requirement, noting the increased risk of transmission these facilities cause.
- Further in order to give effect to the social distance requirement in the public transport sector all public service vehicles must adhere to the directive issued on Friday March 20th, 2020 failure to which the respective Sacco licenses will be revoked. The Inspector General of Police has been already directed to enforce this directive.
- Lastly, having noted the non-compliance of religious institutions to the social distance requirement as issued on Friday March 20th, 2020, the NERC has directed the suspension of all church, mosques, and other religious gatherings. This also include weddings, funerals and other social gatherings which are restricted to immediate family members only. These directives take effect immediately until further notice.
“Once again we are aware that these measures may be inconvenient at the moment, but I assure that they are necessary for meeting our indicated objective of keeping all Kenyans safe.” the Health CS concluded.