CS Kagwe confirms eight more coronavirus cases, now at 15

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 17:47 | By
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

Eight more people have tested positive for coronavirus, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed.

The Health CS said that the eight new cases are all imported and that five of them are Kenyans.

"In the last 72 hours, we have received additional eight cases which have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total cases to 15," said Kagwe.

Of the newest eight cases, five were Kenyan, two French and one Mexican.

Kagwe confirmed all the most recent cases were all imported from Europe and America, from where the patients were before moving to Kenya.

"The newest cases are between 20 and 57 years. One French national is the oldest," said Kagwe.

All the newest cases arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) between March 4 to March 17.

State agencies are tracing 363 people who had come into contact with the eight people.

One of the patients in Msambweni, Kilifi County was said to be in an unstable condition and would be airlifted to the Mbagathi isolation centre in Nairobi.

Next 14 days

Kagwe retaliated that the next fortnight would be very critical for Kenyans in overcoming the deadly virus.

Consequently, the CS announced suspension of international flights landing at JKIA from Wednesday.

Violation of self quarantine will lead to prosecution and forced quarantine at their cost.

Effective on Sunday midnight, bars will remain closed until the state issues further directives.

Restaurants will remain open but for take away clients.

All public service vehicles are required to observe the maximum limit (8 passangers for 14 seater, 15 for 32 seater and 60% for 35 and above seater vehicles) announced on Thursday.

Additionally, all church, mosque and any other religious gatherings have beed suspended. Funerals have been restricted only for family members who should not exceed 15.

According to interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, police and other law enforcers will ensure that the new Covid-19 laws are adhered to.

The National Government Administration Officers (NGAO)under the Ministry of Interior to enforce measures and directives issued. Moving forward displinary action will be taken towards those who will fail to comply

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