The Government of Kenya has taken up a series of strict measures to curb coronavirus by blocking entry to the country to all except citizens and residents.
The government has also shut down schools as the number of confirmed cases rose to three.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in his nationwide address said two people who had come into contact with a 27-year-old Kenyan patient “have tested positive” and been moved into an isolation facility.
“The government is suspending travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country with reported Coronavirus cases,” he said.
“Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid resident permits will be allowed to come into the country provided they proceed on self-quarantine or in a government quarantine facility.”
Kenyatta, who said that the measures would come into effect in the next 48 hours and would remain in place for 14 days. He also said that every foreigner who has entered the country in the past 14 days has been ordered to self-quarantine.
So, it means that from Monday, all primary and secondary schools are to close, with boarding schools and universities to shut by the end of the week while all companies have been urged to allow employees to work from home.
“I want to assure you that my administration is at the forefront of managing this pandemic,” Kenyatta said.
According to the Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe, the two new patients had sat next to the first as she travelled back from the United States via London had tested positive. One is Kenyan and one holds dual Kenyan-British nationality.
Africa now has 25 countries reporting cases compared to nine a week ago that the disease had killed over 5000 people globally.