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Kenya Confirms First Coronavirus Case, Bans All Public Gathering

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Kenya has confirmed that a woman has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Kenya Confirms First Coronavirus Case, Bans All Public Gathering
Kenya Confirms First Coronavirus Case, Bans All Public Gathering

The Country’s Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said she had arrived from the US on 5 March and tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

She had travelled from the US, transiting in London without leaving the airport.

She would be kept in isolation until she tested negative, he said.

In a quick reaction, the Kenyan government announced the suspension of all public gatherings following the confirmation of the country’s first case of coronavirus.

The minister of health, Mutahi Kagwe, said church services will continue but churches must provide hand-sanitisers.

Mr Kagwe said schools will remain open but there will be no inter-school activities.

He added there should be “no cause for alarm” but urged for “serious citizen responsibility”.

The health minister said rapid-response units will be dispatched to respond to any suspected cases in the country.

He urged member of the public to observe personal hygiene, and transport operators to regularly clean their vehicles.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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