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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation from his Harambee House office last week on measures the government is taking in combating coronavirus. /COURTESY.

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Kenya coronavirus cases rise to 3

MAR 15 – Kenya confirmed two more cases of coronavirus, bringing to three the number of cases so far confirmed in the country.

“We have confirmed two more cases of coronavirus after tests conducted on people who were quarantined,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said Sunday, flanked by top government officials, including Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and George Magoha of Education.

The first case of coronavirus was announced on Friday, on a 27-year-old Kenyan woman who had traveled from Ohio in the United States through London.

22 people who came into contact with her are quarantined.

President Kenyatta unveiled a series of strict measures Sunday, to curb the further spread of the virus, that has killed over 4000 people globally.

The country will not block entry to all except citizens and residents.

The country’s Health Cabinet Secretary Kagwe announced that two people who had sat next to the first patient on the airplane as she traveled back from the United States via London had tested positive.

JKIA, Kenya’s main airport in Nairobi. /CFM-FILE.

“As a result of this we are going to implement the following measures: Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid resident permits will be allowed to come into the country provided they proceed on self-quarantine or in a government quarantine facility,” President Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta said this would come into effect in the next 48 hours and would remain in place for 14 days.

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Every foreigner who has entered the country in the past 14 days has been ordered to self-quarantine. 

In addition from Monday, all primary and secondary schools are to close, with boarding schools and university to shut by the end of the week. All companies have been urged to allow employees to work from home.

Kenyatta also said citizens should avoid congregating in places of worship and shopping malls.

“I want to assure you that my administration is at the forefront of managing this pandemic,” he said.

After being relatively spared from the global pandemic which has killed over 6,000 and infected over 159,000, Africa now has 25 countries reporting cases compared to nine a week ago.


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