Businesses Set To Close Down As Gov’t Confirms First Case Of COVID-19 In Kenya


The government of Kenya has confirmed the first Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Friday said the patient is a Kenyan who travelled from US via London.

The victim is at Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit in a stable condition, and will not be released until she heals.

The government says it has traced all contacts the patient made since her arrival.

Consequently, Kenya has suspended all travel outside the country unless necessary.

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CS Kagwe has invoked the Public Health Act which requires Kenyans to:

1. Maintain a distance of atleast 1 metre from persons who are coughing
2. Those coughing and have fever and difficulty in breathing should stay at home
3. All public gatherings, and events that have large gatherings
4. Suspension of interschool events but schools will remain open
5. Public transport operators will be required to regularly clean their vehicles and provide sanitizers to passengers
6. Suspension of all visits to prisons for the next 30 days
7. Kenyans have been warned against spreading misinformation
8. Unless absolutely necessary, travelling to affected countries have been banned


With the orders, most businesses are set to close even as people try to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

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