Kenya confirms first coronavirus patient

Kenya Confirms First Case Of Dreadful Coronavirus

Kenya Confirms First Case Of Dreadful Coronavirus

Kenya has confirmed its first Coronavirus case.

Edgar Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou, state minister in charge of communication and government spokesperson, said the patient is a 27-year-old Gabonese citizen who had travelled to Bordeaux, France and arrived back in Gabon on March 8.

Bus trips to Egypt have also been suspended.

The government has announced last minute changes to a press conference that was schedule to give an update on the Covid-19 situation in Kenya after the firs case was reported on Friday, March 13 2020.

But concerns are growing about the continent's ability to handle a potential rapid spread of a virus that has infected 127,000 and killed 4,700 worldwide.

Most of Africa's reported cases were foreigners or people who had travelled overseas.

"This was a lady who was living on her own, I want to thank her because she has put citizen responsibility to the test".

"We wish to assure all Kenyans that the government will use all the resources available to fight coronavirus", he said, as the government rolled out a raft of new containment measures.

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Globally, 125,048 confirmed cases have been reported according to the latest World Health Organization report, and 6,729 of these are new. Addis Ababa and Nairobi are regional transit hubs.

She also announced that the Nairobi County team, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has fumigated the apartment block where the patient was residening, alongside setting up two counselling centres, one in KNH and another in Mbagathi. He had visited the United Arab Emirates in the first week of March. Schools will remain open but inter-school events are suspended.

As a result, CS Kagwe announced the suspension of all public gatherings, meetings, games, events, and church crusades. Normal church service can go on, provided they provide hand sanitisers s people go into the worship areas,"he directed".

South Sudan's health ministry said it was "temporarily suspending direct flights between South Sudan and all affected countries".

Sudanese people queue up outside a bakery in Omdourman.

Kenya, which is dependent on imports from China and other Asian countries, has already started to feel the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic with disruptions to its supply chain.

"We are going to be hit badly", Tourism Minister Najib Balala told journalists. It has not yet reported any cases of COVID-19.

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