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Confirmed Kenya coronavirus cases rise to seven

By ANGELA OKETCH (Daily Nation)

Wednesday March 18, 2020

A laboratory specialist wearing protective gear walks toward the ward for quarantined people who had close contacts with the first Kenyan patient of the COVID-19 at the Infectious Disease Unit of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya (AFP Picture) 

Kenya has confirmed three more coronavirus cases, meaning the country now has seven patients with Covid-19.

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday confirmed that three more patients had tested positive for the virus.

Two of the cases were a couple that travelled from Madrid, Spain on March 4 through Dubai, arriving in Kenya on the March 5.

The third case is a Burundian national who travelled from Dubai, UAE to Kenya. He arrived on March 17 and was picked up by a surveillance team, Mr Kagwe said.

"We are tracing persons who may have been in contact with the patients," Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said.

He noted that all cases so far are imported.

The tests were done by the National Influenza Centre and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

18 patients are currently admitted at Mbagathi in Kenya. Of these, the CS said, 7 have been screened and are negative. Samples of 11 others are still being processed.

The Kenyan government is now appealing to citizens to report anyone who is not self-quarantining.

"Any Kenyan traveling into the country must sign a legal form to assure the government that you will self quarantine," he said.

Mr Kagwe also stressed the importance of strict hygiene in curbing spread of the pandemic.

"Washing hands and social distancing is the key why Chinese cases are coming down."