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Coronavirus: Kenyans warned against sharing false information

All the alerts created over possible virus infections in the country have all been confirmed false.

In Summary

• The Government appeals to Kenyans against sharing or forwarding unverified information about COVID-19 in Kenya in particular through social media, Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has said.

• Last week, the Ministry of health announced an in-country diagnostic capacity at the National Influenza Centre and KEMRI laboratories to test suspected cases of the virus.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna.
Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna.
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The government has warned Kenyans against sharing or forwarding unverified information about coronavirus.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna on Thursday said all the alerts over possible infections in the country have all been confirmed as false.

"To date, there has been no confirmed case in the country. The government assures the public that the degree of preparedness is at the highest level possible and that there should be no cause for panic," he said.

 

In the early part of Thursday morning, there was speculation that the negative tests done on the quarantined Chinese nationals could be untrue.

However, Oguna said a multi-agency approach at two levels - policy and technical - involving relevant ministries, departments and agencies to deal with the threat of COVID-19 have been put in place.

"A National Contingency Plan to guide implementation of priority preparedness and response activities in view of the potential threat posed by importation of COVID-19 into Kenya has been established," he paused.

The government has also enabled activation of Emergency Operations Centre that is closely monitoring the evolution of the outbreak in China and the rest of the world. In addition, trained rapid response teams are on standby to investigate any alert in-country.

Last week, the Ministry of Health announced an in-country diagnostic capacity at the National Influenza Centre and KEMRI laboratories to test suspected cases of the virus.

Mandatory screening at all points of entry has also been implemented so as to minimise the risk of importation of the virus from affected countries.

"Additional health workers who have been sensitised about the virus have been deployed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi hospital have isolation facilities set up to be used for quarantine of suspected cases.

 

"Procurement of additional 5,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with support from USAID," Oguna concluded.