Three more cases confirmed in Kenya
March 17, 2020
The Health CS, Hon. Kagwe Mungai has confirmed three more cases of the Corona virus (COVID-19) in the country bringing the total number of individuals who have tested positive to four . The latest case, confirmed today at the National Influenza Centre Laboratory , was of a patient reported to have travelled from London, United Kingdom on 8th March, 2020 and arrived in the country on 9th March, 2020.
The Health CS also addressed the tracing of 27 total people who had come into contact with the first confirmed positive patient . They were quarantined and tested and two of the contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
An additional 25 people placed in Mbagathi Hospital were tested and found negative.
The Health CS also confirmed a total of 111 cases had been tested at KEMRI and the National Influenza Centre since the pandemic struck the country. For the two positive cases an additional 36 people are being traced and monitored by the surveillance team.
On 15th March 2020, His Excellency the President ,Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta issued the following directives to the country:
- Travel from any countries with any case of Corona virus be restricted.
- Only Kenyan Citizens, and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come into the country provided they proceed on self quarantine or to a government designated quarantine facility.
- All schools and higher learning institutions be closed by Friday March 20, 2020 this week.
- Government and businesses encourage to have people work from home; except essential services.
- Encourage cashless transactions over cash. Cost of transactions to be reduced.
- Avoid congressional meetings – weddings, malls, night clubs, churches, limitation of visits to hospitals.
- Hospitals and Shopping malls to give soap and water/hand sanitizers, and ensure regular cleaning of facilities.
- In order to mitigate loss being suffered by our economy, cargo vessels, air crafts or ships can come into the country provided they are disinfected at point of departure and the crew quarantined on arrival.
- In order for the UN Headquarters in Kenya to continue operating diplomats traveling to the UN are also exempted from the travel restrictions but must observe the self-quarantine rule.
“We are also making a special appeal for members of the public to utilise the toll free number 719 whenever they want to report a case .” concluded the Health CS.