The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to three after the government confirmed two more cases.
Speaking at a press Conference on Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that the two people got infected after coming into contact with the first patient but they were in stable condition and recovering well after being put in isolation at the Kenyatta National Hospital isolation facility.
“We have received confirmation of two more cases of Corona, the two have tested positive as a result of coming into contact with the first patient. Our health officials have already moved them into Kenyatta National Hospital isolation facility, The medical teams are closely monitoring the patients who are reported to be in stable condition and responding well to treatment and this indeed gives us hope," he stated.
Consequently, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a wide range of measures to contain the situation.
The government has suspended travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country where cases of Coronavirus have been reported.
Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed into the country provided they proceed to self quarantine or a specified government facility. This will take effect within 48 hours and will remain valid for 30 days.
All persons who came into Kenya within the last 14 days to self quarantine.
The president also announced that learning has been suspended in all education institutions with immediate effect.
Those in boarding schools are to be home by Wednesdays (18 March 2020) while Universities and tertiary institutions will close by Friday (20 Mar 2020).
Those in day schools are expected to adhere to the directive beginning tomorrow (16 March 2020)
Employers are encouraged, where possible to work from home except for employees working in critical services.
The use of cashless transactions is encouraged to discourage the risk of transmission by handling money.
Citizens are encouraged to avoid congregating in places such as places of worship, social gatherings like weddings, shopping malls etc. Minimize congestion in public transport as well as the limitation of visitors to hospitals.
Hospitals and shopping malls are to provide hand sanitizers and points for the public to wash hands.