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Cases of coronavirus in Kenya rise to 4 - CS Mutahi Kagwe

Latest case from patient who traveled from London

File image of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressig the press flanked by other senior government officials

The Ministry of Health has announced confirmation of another case of coronavirus, bringing to four the number of cases so far confirmed in Kenya.

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The announced was made by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who is also the Chair of the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, indicating that the patient was referred from a private hospital.

The latest victim was not related to the initial case confirmed last Friday which also came from a Kenyan who had traveled from London on March 5th.

"We have received confirmation of another patient of coronavirus. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 4. The patient left London on March 8 arriving in Kenya on March 9. Tracing of those who may have come into contact with the patient is ongoing," the CS stated.

Kagwe said the government was in the process of locating any person who had come into contact with the patient whose results emerged today.

The Health CS added that out of the 27 persons who had been isolated after the first case was recorded in Kenya on Friday, only two had tested positive while 25 cases had tested negative for corona virus.

In total, Kenya has tested 111 cases since pandemic started but only four cases have tested positive.

Those who have traveled from countries with reported cases of the deadly virus were ordered to undertake compulsory quarantine - a similar measure which will be expected from Kenyans who are suspected to have interacted with persons who have tested positive.

"This is not a joke, it’s not a rehearsal... When the Public Health Act has been invoked, quarantine is not a voluntary but a mandatory measure that can lead to a jail sentence," CS Kagwe stated.

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