Kenya health cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe. Picture:Twitter/@MOH_Kenya
Kenya health cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe. Picture:Twitter/@MOH_Kenya

Kenya's Covid-19 cases rise to seven, all imported

By Thembelihle Mkhonza Time of article published Mar 18, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, on Wednesday confirmed three more Covid-19 infections, bringing the total to seven. 

All of the confirmed cases had been imported, he stressed. 

A couple that travelled from Madrid, Spain on March 4 through Dubai, arriving in Kenya on March 5, had tested positive.

The third case was that of a Burundian national who travelled from Dubai to Kenya. He arrived on March 17 and was noticed by a surveillance team.

"We are tracing persons who may have been in contact with the patients," said Kagwe.

The tests were performed by the National Influenza Centre and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). Since the disease was since reported in the country, 132 cases had been tested, said Kagwe. 

He said 18 patients were currently admitted at Mbagathi hospital. Seven of them had tested negative. Samples from 11 others were still being processed.  

"Any Kenyan travelling into the country must sign a legal form to assure the government that you will self-quarantine," Kagwe said.

He also stressed the importance of strict hygiene to curb the spread of the virus. 

The government has appealed to citizens to report anyone who is not self-quarantining.

African News Agency

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