With Kenya having confirmed the first coronavirus case, the Ministry of Health has issued a statement with guidelines on preventing and mitigating any cases that may come up.
On Frida, March 13, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that the case was confirmed on Thursday, March, 12 at night.
He said the case, a Kenyan, was confirmed positive by the National Influenza Laboratory at the National Health laboratory at The Ministry of Health.
The woman had travelled back to Nairobi from the United States via London on March 5.
In the statement, the ministry has issued guidelines as follows:
i. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
ii. Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (5 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
iii. Persons with a cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but avoid mixing with others in a crowd.
iv. Maintain good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief, tissue, or into a flexed elbow.
v. Stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
vi. Suspend all public gatherings, meetings and events.
vii. Suspend all inter-school events.
viii. Public transport providers are directed to provide hand sanitizers for their clients and regular cleaning of the vehicles.
ix. Temporary suspension of prison visits for the next 30 days.
x. Kenyans must not abuse social media platforms or indulge in spreading misinformation that can cause fear and panic.
Here is the complete statement issued by the ministry: