COVID-19 in Kenya : Here is what you need to know.

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Kenya’s patient zero is an unnamed 27 year old woman who traveled from the United States via United Kingdom to Kenya. She arrived in the country on 5th March and travelled home to Kitale.

She has been in the country for a eight days now, interacting with people and possibly infecting them too. She was tested at JKIA on her way out of the country and was found to be positive. She is currently at Kenyatta National Hospital undergoing treatment and observation.

The government says her fever has subsided and that she’s eating and in high spirits.

Following the incident, the government has banned all public gatherings including BBI rallies, churches will however go on as long as the congregation are given hand sanitizers.

All inter school events have been cancelled though schools will remain open as the government monitors the situation.

Prison visits have also been cancelled to avoid spreading the virus in prisons.

Public transport operators have been ordered to provide hand sanitizers to passengers and regularly clean their vehicles.

People are advised to stay at least a metre away from each other, avoid unnecessary travels out of the country, self quarantine in case they feel feverish and maintain high standards of hygiene.

All level 4 and 5 hospitals are going to have isolation wards for would be corona pstients, the wards are going to be funded by the National Government.

The virus now christened Covid-19 and declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization has infected over 120,000 people globally and killed another 5,000.

John Otieno

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