The number of people infected with coronavirus in Kenya is now at 158.
This is according to President Uhuru Kenyatta who also noted that the government has a total of 4,277 persons.
So far four people have fully recovered from the virus while have passed on.
“While the majority of people who get it recover, most without showing severe symptoms, if it spreads to large numbers, it can lead to unprecedented pressure on our medical facilities which will lead to unprecedented loss of life,” said the President in his state address.
Measures taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
- Wearing a mask when outside the home.
- Cleaning your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds several times a day.
- Avoiding all areas with people who will be closer to you than 1.5 meters.
- Heeding and complying with government directives.
- Taking extra care not to expose those who are over 58 Years and have chronic ailments.
- There will be thousands of tailors all over the country who will also look to make masks.
“The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry & Trade should ensure that these tailors are provided the right information through the National Government Administrative Officers on the materials required and the proper method of piecing the fabrics together to make the face masks,” the president said.
According to the president, a majority of the persons who have contracted the disease are residents of Nairobi metropolitan area and the Kenyan coastal strip. The few confirmed cases outside Nairobi and Coastal Strip can be traced to persons who have travelled from the nation’s capital or Kenya’s Coastal Strip.
Declarations to stop spread of COVID-19
The Cabinet Secretary for Health issued declarations under the Public Health Act, in which COVID-19 was declared a Notifiable Disease and a Formidable Epidemic Disease.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health has further declared the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa as COVID-19 infected areas.
The measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus includes:
- Cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of: The Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.
- The cessation of movement within Nairobi Metropolitan Area shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days; with effect from 7:00 pm on Monday, 6th April, 2020.
- The movement within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall continue subject to the nationwide curfew.
- The cessation of movement within the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days; with effect from 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 8th April, 2020. In the intervening period movement in and out of the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall be restricted and supervised by the Kenya Police. The movement of food supplies and other cargo will continue as normal during the declared containment period through road, railway and air.
“Every shilling we save in salaries and allowances is one we shall use towards face masks, medical supplies and specialised equipment, to support the most vulnerable members of our society through provision of water and food items and in support of any other initiatives needed by our Nation in this war against COVID-19. To that end, I direct the Nairobi Metropolitan Service, to not only continue but expand their provision of free water to all our informal settlements.” Said the president in his speech.