Kenya and Ethiopia are moving forward with the closure of all schools so as to combat the ongoing threat of the coronavirus after more cases were confirmed over the weekend.
Kenya registered two more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday after confirming its first case on Friday. According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, after the first case confirmation, the government traced the 27 people who’d come in contact with the first patient, and two of them tested positive for the virus on Sunday. The government is now tracing the other people the two patients came in contact with.
Kenyatta announced the closure of all schools with immediate effect and urged employers to allow their workers to work from home in a bid to combat further spread of the virus.
He also announced a travel ban to all countries that have confirmed coronavirus cases, and said only Kenyan nationals and foreigners with permits will be allowed into Kenya henceforth.
Schools in Kenya and Ethiopia closed due to increase in coronavirus cases
Ethiopia which also confirmed its first case on Friday last week on Sunday registered three more cases of the coronavirus infections in two Japanese nationals aged 44 and 47 years, and one Ethiopian aged 42 years all in the capital Addis Ababa. According to the minister of Health Lia Tadesse, all the three new cases came in contact with the first patient.
Africa which had largely been spared of the virus since its outbreak in China in December last year now has a case or more in at least 22 of the 54 states. It now looks like only a matter of when and not if the virus will come to Uganda after neigbouring Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville registered cases.
There are 153,648 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,746 deaths in more than 146 countries worldwide according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Source: The Observer
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