COVID-19: Government Announces Strict Measures For Kenyans Traveling From Overseas

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On Wednesday 18TH March, the Kenyan government announced strict measures for Kenyans coming from abroad as a way to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Speaking during a press conference, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe stated that Kenyans coming from overseas pose as a threat of exposure to the virus.

“I want to make a special appeal to Kenyans who are traveling from outside the country.

It is now clear that the threat we face first and foremost is the threat from Kenyans who are coming or visited overseas countries” he stated

He also confirmed 3 new coronavirus cases in the country bring the total number to 7. Kagwe also emphasized on the directive that Kenyans who are traveling back into the country should self-quarantine.

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The health CS then appealed to the general public to report cases of individuals who agree to self-quarantine yet fail to comply with the directive.

In a previous press conference, Kagwe had mentioned that those traveling into the country must swear a legal document that they will comply with what they are supposed to do.

He also warned that failure to adhere to the self-quarantine directive is an offense punishable by a jail term.

Apart from the 7 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, 18 have reportedly been admitted at Mbagathi;7 have tested negative and the remaining 11 are yet to get results.

Kenya’s first coronavirus case was reported on 13th March leading to the ban of public events, gatherings, and closure of learning institutions.

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