President Uhuru Kenyatta Confirms Two More Cases of Coronavirus in Kenya and Orders Schools Closed

President Uhuru Kenyatta in a press briefing held on 15th March 2020 at his Harambee House office confirmed two more cases of the coronavirus in Kenya, summing the total number of infected persons in the country to three.

The head of state announced that out of 27 people who encountered the first confirmed patient, only two tested positive for the virus.

“The two have tested positive as a result of coming into contact with the first patient. Our health officials have already moved them into Kenyatta National Hospital’s isolation facility, and the patients who are now in isolation are both in stable condition ” said the president.

Following the three confirmed cases of Covid-19, the president has issued several measures to ensure Kenyans’ safety. These are:

Ban on Travel – president Kenyatta has put on hold entry into Kenya by people from all countries affected by the Covid-19 disease for 30 days. The ban is to take effect in the next 48 hours. Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with permits will be allowed into the country provided they quarantine.

Closure of Schools – the president suspended learning in all institutions in the country. Day schools have been given until March 16, whereas boarding schools have until March 18, to suspend learning. Additionally, Universities and other tertiary learning institutions are to suspend learning by March 20, for an indefinite period. Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said schools will be closed indefinitely.

Self- Quarantine – the head of state has ordered persons who entered Kenya within the last 14 days to Self-Quarantine and anyone with symptoms of coronavirus urged to visit the hospital for check-up and tests.

Work from Home – government offices and businesses have been asked to allow employees to work from home with the exemption of those working in critical departments.

Other Measures

  • Cashless transactions to prevent transmission through physical handling of money
  • Avoid meeting and visiting crowded places
  • Hospitals, malls, business, and establishments asked to provide water, soap, and sanitizers
  • Traders warned against hoarding and hiking prices of goods as the economy takes a hit.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to remain calm and avoid panic adding that Kenya is on high alert and all necessary measures are being taken to prevent more cases of the virus. “Avoid misinformation that causes panic and anxiety, some measures taken today may cause inconveniences but they are designed to ensure we contain the spread of the virus.” Said the President

By: Linzer Kibebe

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