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MoH says results on suspected coronavirus case sent to South Africa for validation

Health CS Sicily Kariuki/FILE – Moses Muoki

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced laboratory test results of a suspected coronavirus case admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) had been dispatched to South Africa for further analysis.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said further analysis from South Africa will determine the ministry’s strategy moving forward once it is established results from the National Influenza Centre are accurate.

“Results carried out on the Case in Isolation have been sent to South Africa for further analysis to have a clear guideline on how we can move on once we established that our results are correct,” she indicated.

“Our systems are working, and we have capacity and infrastructure to fight coronavirus,” the CS added.

The ministry pointed out the patient who exhibited coronavirus-like symptoms upon arrival from Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday was still in isolation and being monitored.

The student is said to have traveled from Wuhan, where the virus emerged on January 20, to Zhangjiajie city.

He then left for Nairobi via Guangzhou and Bangkok Thailand on January 27, landing at JKIA on Tuesday morning at 0615 hours.

Kariuki urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and present themselves to health facilities in case they present symptoms they suspect to be coronavirus.

“We call upon Kenyans who have traveled to China for the past two weeks to check themselves in various health facilities close to them as the incubation period for this virus is two weeks,” the CS appealed.

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“We will continue to remain vigilant as we have increased screening at major entry points in the Country,” she added.

The nationwide death toll from China’s viral epidemic had risen to 170 by Thursday the government said on Thursday, with more than 1,700 new infections confirmed.

Thirty-seven of the 38 new deaths came in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak that continues to cause global concern.

Most of the latest reported infections also occurred in Hubei, which tallied 1,032.

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