The Ministry of Health has placed 14 counties on high alert for the killer Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
These counties were put on alert because of their points of entry or due to their proximity to those counties with points of entry. They include Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Busia, Migori, Kilifi, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Wajir, and Garissa.
Health Ministry head of disease surveillance, Dr Daniel Lang’at, said that the country’s surveillance system is robust and was confident of no confirmed cases as of today (5th March 2020).
He added that Kenya can test the first 100 samples of suspected cases either at the National Influenza Center or the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
Dr Langat also said that over 300,000 travellers had been screened using thermal scanners and guns.
The announcement comes after South Africa confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. A 38-year-old male was tested positive after he travelled to Italy. It is the first case to be reported in southern Africa and the third case to be confirmed in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Senegal.
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