Eight more Coronavirus cases confirmed bringing number to 15

Written By: Christine Muchira
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Eight more cases of patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus bringing the number of patients to 15.

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Government is tracing over 363 people who have come into contact with the patients.

Speaking during a press conference at Harambee House the health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that names of individuals who have tested positive for Coronavirus will not be disclosing.

Out of the latest eight cases, five are Kenyans and three are foreign nationals-two French and one Mexican.

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“All the eight are imported cases from Europe and America, ranging from age 20 for the youngest and 67 years for the oldest,” said CS Mutahi Kagwe

He said the eight came through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between March 4th and March 17th, 2020 adding that they have been isolated.

“All the patients have all been isolated at various facilities and are being monitored by our teams, “said CS Kagwe.

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The CS said that all patients except one who was in Mbagathi were in stable condition and that the government was organising to have the patient airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment.

The CS reiterated that the next two weeks were extremely critical as the country seeks to contain the outbreak.

Speaking at the same press conference, Inspector General of Police Mutyambai directed all national police officers to immediately start enforcing the health act to ensure all regulations on social distance are followed.

To this effect, the government has suspended all social gatherings in churches, weddings, birthdays, disco matangas noting that funeral services should not exceed more than 15 people.

He instructed Kenyans to observe the set out guidelines to curb the spread of the disease.

The measures NERC has resolved are as follows:

1. 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.

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Countries wishing to evacuate their nationals must make their arrangements to do so within this period. Kenyans who are currently in foreign countries, and will not have come back within the period are advised to observe the guidelines issued in the respective countries wherever they are.

2. 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.

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3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

These directives take effect immediately until further notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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