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Kenya confirms first coronavirus case

Author: Staff Writer | Published: Friday, March 13, 2020

A photograph of Kenyatta National Hospital whereby the patient has been isolated | Credit | Courtesy

Kenyan government has confirmed the first case of coronavirus.

The virus was confirmed on a female student who traveled in from the US via London, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

Tested positive on Thursday, the patient had traveled from Ohio in US via London to Nairobi.

The health authorities say she has been isolated at Kenyatta National Hospital and is in a stable condition.

“The government has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient… who is stable,” she added.

Kenya borders South Sudan, and the two countries have unrestricted travels.

More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in 118 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The total number of deaths is more than 4,600.

Many countries have responded to the crisis by closing schools and cancelling sports and arts events.

Some leaders have caught the virus, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife and Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Lat week, South Sudan announced that it is now able to test for the coronavirus in the country after assembling a testing facility and quarantine center in Juba.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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