Life has literally began shutting down as from yesterday when the government moved in to tame the spread of coronavirus following the confirmation of two more cases.
This now means Kenya has three cases of the highly contagious disease that is threatening to bring the world economy to its knees. The first case was reported on Friday from a 27-year-old patient who had travelled into the country from the US via London.
Informing the country of the new cases, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the two tested positive as a result of coming into contact with the first patient.
“This pandemic will test us, as it is testing all countries in every corner of the world, but I do not believe it will defeat us,” the head of state said as he announced radical measures to curb the spread, including immediate closure of all learning institutions.
“If we pull together, and everybody does their part, we shall overcome its worst impacts.”
According to the government, at least 27 persons have come into contact with the first patient who landed into the country on March 5.
“Our health officials have already moved them (new patients) into Kenyatta National Hospital isolation facility,” Uhuru announced during a press conference at Harambe House.
“The medical teams are closely monitoring the patients, who are in stable condition and responding well to treatment. This gives us hope.”
In a radical move, Uhuru announced a raft of measures to tame the spread of the virus.
Primary and secondary day schools are to suspend operations from today. For those who board, their school administrations are to ensure they are home by Wednesday.
Universities and tertiary institutions are to be closed latest Friday. In what may pose logistical nightmares for firms and government institutions, the President said where possible, government offices, businesses and companies are encouraged to allow employees to work from home with the exception of employees providing critical or essential services.