Coronavirus In Kenya: What You Need To Know


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The coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc all over the world since it was first discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan province, China. At the moment, this novel strain of coronavirus has spread to over 140 countries around the world. According to the latest WHO statistics, more than 300,000 cases have tested positive for coronavirus, with more than 13,000 deaths reported worldwide. In Kenya alone, twenty five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed with the government urging for social distancing and a work-from-home structure, in addition to maintaining high hygiene standards.

 

Symptoms to watch out for

Common symptoms of the coronavirus are almost flu-like in nature. These include fever, coughing, tiredness and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the COVID-19 infection can also cause pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure and death. Acordong to WHO, about 80% of people who become infected with the virus show no symptoms at all and recover from the disease without needing any special treatment. While the coronavirus has an incubation period of at least 14 days, Kenyans should know that the virus is contagious before symptoms appear.

 

Coronavirus Kenya Facts

Courtesy: Ministry of Health Kenya

 

Measures Taken To Stop the Spread Of Coronavirus In Kenya

Ever since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Kenya, the government put some measures in place to try and contain the spread. These included urging people to stay at home as much as possible, do remote work and wash their hands as often as possible. In addition, they also discouraged large gatherings with people advised to maintain a distance of 1 meter from each other in accordance with WHO recommendations.

 

 

With the announcement of eight more confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya, other measures taken include:

  1. All bars will be closed at midnight on Monday, 23 March 2020, until further notice.
  2. Restaurant will remain open but only for takeaway services.
  3. All international passenger flights into Kenya will be suspended from Wednesday, 25 March 2020. Those coming to Kenya before then will undergo mandatory quarantine at a government facility at their own expense.
  4. Church and mosque gathering have been suspended, with funerals restricted to immediate family members.
  5. In a bid to enforce the social distancing directive, all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) are expected to ensure that a distance of at least one meter is observed between each passenger. This means that 14-seater vehicles will carry a maximum of 8 passengers while those with a capacity of 25 will only carry 15 passengers. PSVs are also expected to provide sanitizers for the passengers and maintain high standards of cleanliness. Failure to do this may lead to the PSV driving license being revoked.

 

Ministry of Health emergency contacts

In Kenya, the Ministry of Health has set up emergency contacts where the public can call for any info about coronavirus. The numbers you need to know are 0800721316 (Toll Free), 0729471414, 0732353535. They have also taken to alerting Kenyans on the latest coronavirus news via text.

 

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