By Francis Kaivilu
Two more Coronavirus cases has been confirmed in Kenya totaling to three as president Uhuru Kenyatta says the victims are in stable condition and responding well to treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital isolation facility. The two new covid 19 patients were seated next to the first confirmed patient in the plane. The government spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna through his twitter handle elaborated that one has Kenyan citizenship while the other is a dual citizen of Kenya and Britain.
According to the president, in line with the directive to avoid crowded places, citizens are encouraged to;
• Avoid congregating including places of worship.
• Minimize attendance to social gatherings including wedding and funerals, & restrict the same to immediate family members.
• Avoid crowded places including shopping malls and entertainment premises.
• Minimize congestion in public transport where possible .
• Limitation of visitors to hospitalised patients in both public and private hospitals.
President Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to exercise these high levels of hygiene as preventative measures;
• Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or bent elbow.
• Wash hands regularly with soap and running water.
• Consider cashless transactions.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and ears.
He has appealed to all Kenyans to remain calm.
“All of us must avoid misinformation that causes panic and anxiety during this period,” Kenyatta said.
The education sector has as well been affected by the invasion of the Coronavirus in the country with the president directing all day scholar students of both Primary and Secondary schools to remain home tomorrow(Monday) in efforts to minimize covid 19 transmissions in Kenya. Emphasizing on the matter, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said that the learners will stay at home until further advised.
On the other hand, boarding students of both Primary and Secondary schools will be leaving their respective schools between Tuesday and Wednesday and will remain at home until further notified.
Tertiary institutions and universities have been directed to close down by Friday 20th of March, Magoha said.