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Kenya has recorded its first case of the dreaded coronavirus.

In a press release, the Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, confirmed the case was diagnosed on a woman who travelled to Kenya from the United States through London. The results were confirmed on Thursday evening on the 12th of March.

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

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed Kenya has recorded the first case of coronavirus

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed Kenya has recorded the first case of coronavirus

The CS revealed the 27-year-old Kenyan woman was screened in Chicago and London and tested negative. However, her tests came out positive when she was tested in Kenya.

“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.” Kagwe said.

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

Kenya Records First Coronavirus Case

Kenya Records First Coronavirus Case

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

After the detection of the coronavirus case, the government has banned all public gatherings, rallies, crusades and meetings of a national nature. This includes Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies.

Churches can continue to operate as usual, as long they provide hand sanitizers to the congregants.

Kenya Records First Coronavirus Case

Kenya Records First Coronavirus Case

The government had set up isolation rooms at Mbagathi hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital in preparation for the outbreak and had also deployed emergency response teams to county levels in a bid to contain the pandemic.

Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in other African countries including, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, Togo, South Africa and Nigeria. African airlines have also cancelled scheduled flights to China except for Ethiopian Airlines.

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Corona virus Is Definitely Coming to Kenya — Here Are Some Steps You Need To Take Today

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Corona virus Is Definitely Coming to Kenya — Here Are Some Steps You Need To Take Today

Corona virus is just one step away from being declared a global pandemic. With new cases being reported in several countries daily, it’s very important for us to face the very real possibility of the menace entering our country, if it actually isn’t already!

Now until a viable coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine passes clinical trials,  proper hygiene and sanitation is likely our best shot at surviving the impending pandemic.

As of February 25th, there have been 80,000 confirmed cases globally. In China, more than 2,600 people have died from the illness from the 77,658 cases, and more than 12,000 people affected in China have already recovered.

Currently, the corona virus has spread to at least other 45 other countries.

Corona virus Is Definitely Coming to Kenya — Here Are Some Steps You Need To Take Today

Coronavirus

Transmission occurs mainly from person-to-person via exposure to infected respiratory droplets. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Corona virus Is Definitely Coming to Kenya — Here Are Some Steps You Need To Take Today

Transmission of the corona virus occurs mainly from person-to-person via exposure to infected respiratory droplets

As there is currently no vaccine to prevent corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are a few everyday preventive actions you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or disinfect with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands often touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses which can be transferred to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene, Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze. Or cough and sneeze into a tissue then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Note that COVID-19 is an emerging disease, there is still more to learn about how transmissible it is, its severity, and other features.

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