Kenya announces eight more Covid-19 cases, suspends international flights

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at Harambee House on March 22, 2020

Kenya has confirmed eight more coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total number to 15.

Addressing a press conference at Harambee House on Sunday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said all the eight came through JKIA between March 4 and 17 and have been isolated at various facilities.

Five of the patients are Kenyans, three are foreigners β€” two French and one Mexican.

“We are tracing 363 passengers who have come into contact with them. We have an additional three people waiting testing at Mbagathi Hospital,” Kagwe added.

The CS also announce all international flights have been suspended starting Wednesday midnight, with the exemption of cargo planes, whose crew will be quarantined.

Consequently, Kenyans who will not have arrived are advised to remain where they are.

β€œFor those who will arrive between now and Wednesday, they will be quarantined a government facility at their own cost,” Kagwe said.

Kagwe also ordered all bars closed and noted some churches have ignored the directive not to gather.

The CS also noted that there people who are not observing self-quarantine.

Consequently, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said administrators would henceforth enforce the directives. Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai ordered his officers to enforce the Public Health Act and the pronounced directives.

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