CS Kagwe gives details on condition of 4 confirmed Coronavirus patients

Update on confirmed Coronavirus patients

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives details on condition of 4 confirmed Coronavirus patients in Kenya

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday addressed a press briefing where he disclosed the health status of the confirmed four Coronavirus patients in Kenya.

CS Kagwe revealed that the patients are all in stable condition and appear "very healthy" at face value.

The CS further revealed that they are still in quarantine, under observation by the specialists.

"The fortunate thing we have is that those who have tested positive are healthy, well, as healthy as one can be in those circumstances...they do not display any outright worrying symptoms and they continue to looked after by medics," he stated.

Speaking on the persons who had come into contact with the first diagnosed case of the infection, CS Kagwe stated that 48 tests turned out negative and 23 individuals had been released to self-quarantine in their homes.

Jail term and fines over quarantine violation

The CS emphasized that the Public Health Act has been invoked for all travellers who come into the country through the international airports.

He added that violation of the 14-day self-quarantine order may result in a jail term or heavy fines.

"On March 15, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed a number of measures including a travel ban on individuals from any country with confirmed cases of Coronavirus llowing only Kenyan citizens and residents with valid permits to come into the country provided that they proceed to self-quarantine or a government quarantine facility.

"When the Public Health Act has been invoked, quarantine is not a voluntary measure it is a mandatory measure which can lead to fine and a jail sentence. This measure at the airport is going to be instituted further by making those travelling into the country swear a legal document stating that they will comply with what they are supposed to do," he warned.

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