The Ministry of Health has cautioned Kenyans against non-essential travel to the countries affected by the deadly COVID-19 to prevent the importation of the virus into the country.
Through a multi-agency task force, the government has put in place key public health interventions to ensure that the country is able to effectively respond to an outbreak.
According to a statement sent to the newsrooms, by 24th February, 15 reported cases of COVID-19 had been investigated and tested negative. Two were investigated at the weekend in Kisumu and Bomet counties. Both cases did not meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) definition of the virus.
The ministry has, therefore, appealed to the public to remain vigilant as the risk is still high. They should take precautionary measures by maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
According to the WHO, as of 24th February, 79,331 cases had been confirmed globally. China had 77,262 confirmed cases and 2,595 deaths.