The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has risen to 15 after eight more patients tested positive for the virus.
While giving a briefing at Harambee House, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the eight include five Kenyans, two French nationals and a Mexican.
They were scheduled to leave the country on March 21, 2020.
CS Kagwe said the two were somehow overwhelmed by the disease because of their advanced age would be flown to Nairobi.
Police are looking for the 363 people said to have got into contact with the eight.
CS Mutahi Kagwe: All international flights are suspended effective Wed 25 midnight except cargo flights.Those coming into the country between now & Wed will undergo quarantine at their cost at a gov’t facility. Countries wishing to evacuate nationals must do so within this period pic.twitter.com/rOxxGe0MOV
The CS announced that all international flights have been suspended from Wednesday, March 25 except cargo flights.
Also, the government has directed those coming in whether Kenyans or Foreigners will undergo a mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
“All persons who violate the self-quarantine requirement will be forcefully quarantined at their cost and thereafter arrested and charged. This will apply to a senior gov’t official in Kilifi who refused to self-quarantine,” said Kagwe.
In the same vein, the CS said all persons violating self-quarantine will be forcefully quarantined and then charged.
Also, the CS directed all bars to remain closed effective at midnight, March 22.
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