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Friday, 14 February 2020

Kenya has two centres to test coronavirus

Medical staff carry a box at Jinyintan hospital, where patients with pneumonia caused by the new strain of coronavirus are being treated, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
Kenya now has two laboratories at the National Influenza Centre and the Kenya Medical Research Institute to test coronavirus
The government in a statement on Friday urged anyone who recently visited China and has symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing and sneezing to go for tests at the nearest facility. 
Kenyans were urged to maintain basic hands, respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices. 
"Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections," read the presser.
The Health ministry said no cases of the virus, which was first reported last December in Wuhan, China, has been confirmed in Kenya. 
"However, continued surveillance, monitoring, and screening have been heightened at all points of entry, in all health facilities and communities," the ministry said. 
Information from the World Health Organization indicates that 46,997 confirmed cases had on Thursday been reported globally – the majority being from mainland China.
On Thursday, the Chinese embassy encouraged Kenyan students in China to stay there. 
Chinese ambassador Wu Peng said Kenyan students or any residents currently in China are better off staying there.
He said this would ease monitoring, control, and medication to ensure the spread of the coronavirus is contained.
"This does not only apply to Kenyans, but it is easier to manage the spread of the virus if those in China stay put," Wu Peng said.
There are at least 90 Kenyan students in China.
They had requested for help to return to Kenya, however, the government said they would not be evacuated.
He said WHO's evaluation had established that all foreigners, including Kenyans in China, were safe.
He was speaking during the Kenya Editors Guild meeting in Nairobi.

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