Coronavirus update: Kenya officially confirms first case of Covid-19

Coronavirus update: Kenya officially confirms first case of Covid-19

- The 27-year-old African patient arrived in Kenya on Thursday, 5 March from the United States

- She was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday evening, after being subjected to tests

- Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said the woman had previously been subjected to tests in Chicago and London but those results turned out to be negative

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Kenya has recorded its first case of the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed the woman travelled to Kenya from the United States via London.

Kenya records first coronavirus case

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed Kenya has recorded the first case of coronavirus. Photo: Health Ministry.
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The results were confirmed on Thursday evening.

"The patient is in stable condition. Her temperature has reduced to normal, she is eating and and will be released when the test confirms she is negative," Kagwe said.

The CS said the 27-year-old African lady was subjected to screening in Chicago and London and tested negative.

However, when she was subjected to a similar test upon arriving in Kenya, she was found to be positive.

"I want to thank this lady, immediately she fell unwell she took herself to the hospital. She is a responsible citizen. She has given names and contacts of all the people she was in contact with who will be tested," he added.

The CS asked Kenyans to take precautionary measures to avoid contracting the virus, which he noted was preventable and curable.

"This is an imported case which tells us that it could be an isolated one even as we keep our fingers crossed."

The government has set up isolation rooms at Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi hospital in preparation for the outbreak.

Emergency response teams were also deployed to county levels in an elaborate plan to contain the pandemic at grassroots.

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Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kiambu, Kajiado, Busia, Migori, Kilifi, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Wajir Garissa and Uasin Gishu were listed as counties on high alert for coronavirus infections.

As of 4 March, a total of 342 510 travellers had been screened using thermal scanners.

Other African countries that have recorded coronavirus cases include Nigeria, Togo, Egypt, Senegal and South Africa.

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