Kenya confirmed the first case of COVID-19 today, 13TH March 2020. The case has been quarantined and contact tracing is underway.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on Wednesday evening. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement that this is the first time the world is battling a pandemic against a corona virus disease.
Almost 125,000 infections have been reported from 118 countries and territories. In the past two weeks, cases reported outside China have increased almost 13-fold while the number of affected countries has almost tripled, Dr Ghebreyesus revealed. The global death toll is nearing 3,500, with around 100,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO, which had declared the outbreak an international health emergency recently updated to “very high” the global risk level the virus.
Kenya launched a 120-bed isolation center dedicated to coronavirus cases in case of an outbreak in the East African nation
There is establishment of isolation and treatment facilities in all 38 Level Five and referral hospitals as isolation and treatment facilities.
And backup capacity has been set aside at Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, as well as in private hospitals.
Last week, the Ministry of Health (MoH) encouraged Kenyans to remain vigilant as the risk is still high. MoH advised Kenyans to continue taking precautionary measures listed below:
- Maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- In addition, anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing and sneezing with a history of recent travel to China is advised to go to the nearest health facility for assessment and prompt management.
Kenya has also banned international events, conferences for 30 days in attempt to contain the virus. In this regard, we advice all our students at staff to avoid travel outside the country and those coming back to report to the nearest medical center for check up and quarantine purposes before resuming duties or classes.
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