No new Coronavirus case today-Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

No new Coronavirus case reported in Kenya today; all patients tested in the last 24 hours turned negative, says Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

No new #Covid-19 cases in Kenya as 8 suspected cases tested in the last 24hours are all negative-persons being processed for discharge.

173 people have been tested so far. Of the 173, 7 patients remain to be the only ones who have tested positive in totality. The 7 are in stable conditions and today Ministry of Health Kenya began to test them to see whether any of them might have turned negative.

The Government will embark on random screening in selected areas for members of the public starting Saturday March 21, 2020.

“The Ministry of Health is carrying out contact tracing and have so far contacted 145 people who have come into contact with those who turned positive for Corona virus disease”- Mutahi Kagwe CS Health

Over 600 travellers have been screened at all points of entry countrywide amid Coronavirus outbreak.

The government has directed the Nyumba Kumi leaders, chiefs and sub chiefs to ensure that Kenyans comply with the basic preventive measures in a bid to combat the Coronavirus disease.

People spreading fake news on the #coronaviruskenya will be dealt with in accordance with established laws.

The Kenya Cabinet has also warned purveyors of fake news and outlined extra measures to combat Coronavirus.

The Cabinet today 19th March 2020 has
issued a warning to people spreading fake news on the Coronavirus situation in the country saying purveyors of such information will be dealt with in accordance with established laws.

The Cabinet meeting held today at State House, Nairobi and chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, directed law enforcement agencies to pursue and arrest individuals spreading false information on the disease.

Today’s Cabinet sitting acknowledged the critical role played by the media in relaying proper information and thanked the Kenyan media for their leading role in awareness creation on the global pandemic.

Further, the Cabinet thanked media houses led by the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), whose platforms are being used to air educational programs for school children.

As part of concerted efforts by the Government to protect Kenyans from exploitation by wayward traders, the Cabinet directed security and consumer protection agencies to intensify the ongoing crack down on businesses that are taking advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak to hoard and/or hike commodity prices.

Additionally, the Cabinet tasked the multi-agency team on contraband goods to release 400,000 litres of ethanol held as exhibit material to manufacturers for the blending of hand sanitizers for distribution to the public.

Today’s Cabinet meeting also received and discussed a report from the National Treasury on the projected impact of Coronavirus pandemic to the economy and resolved to align budgetary allocations and other fiscal considerations accordingly.

Further, the Cabinet discussed and agreed to a request by the African Union and the World Health Organization for Kenya to host the African Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC).

The Africa CDC will position Kenya as a regional and continental hub in medical research and disease control, and give the country a head start in combating disease outbreaks like the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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