Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Kenya.

The patient, the CS said in a statement, without specifying the nationality tested positive yesterday had traveled from London and has been isolated at Kenyatta National Hospital.”The government has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient… who is stable,” said health Kagwe.

Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases.

The region has so far been less badly hit by coronavirus than Europe or China. Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo have also registered cases.

The global death toll is nearly 3,500, and over 100,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Africa had a coronavirus-free weekend with no new country joining the eight “victims” as last weekend. But as of today (March 9), South Africa reported that its current cases were at seven.

“These are imported cases of Covid-19. Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable,” the ministry said in a statement.

More than 127,000 people have been infected globally and over 4,700 have died since the virus first emerged in China late last year, according to a ReuteKenya confirms the first case of coronaviruses tally.

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