17-03-2020 by redazione
Kenya, after the announcement of Kenyatta arrived on a Sunday when the country realized that it was really in danger of a pandemic, is trying to square up to avoid Coronavirus infection as much as possible. The three cases officially reported so far have opened the door to a controlled anxiety that has already moved reports from Nakuru to Mombasa and from Eldoret to Machakos.
At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, some aircraft were checked on board or stopped for a few dozen minutes simply because a passenger had felt sick, even with symptoms clearly not related to the virus, while in Nakuru after some reports, a Dutch resident is under observation.
The 22 patients connected with the first infected woman in Kenya remain in quarantine. Two of them, who have been found to have mild symptoms, have been declared positive, the others are continuing isolation at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, where a room with more than one hundred beds has been set up.
Yesterday, the hospital nurses also tried to strike for rights in anticipation of a super job and inflexible hours.
Each county is organizing an action plan and making emergency telephone numbers public, as did the Kilifi County Health Minister Anisa Omar, who also sent a video about social and whatsapp groups much followed by the population in which she remembers the preventive measures taken by local instiutuzioni but also those that the population must take, such as avoiding direct contact, handshakes, crowded places and try to sanitize as much as possible.
More updates for Monday, March 16 in Kenya
The Minister of Sport and Culture of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, issued a statement declaring the immediate closure for 30 days of all the National or local museums, libraries and other cultural centers of the country. All sporting events are banned and events postponed.
Athletes who have traveled to countries with cases of Coronavirus in the last 14 days must respect a period of self-isolation of as many days.
Young man arrested in Nairobi for spreading fake news about contagion from Covid19. The police tracked down a Kenyan citizen who made "viral" (it's worth mentioning) a post in which he apologized to the government as a liar, announcing that he was working at the airport (which also turned out to be a fake news) and that he had the details of an infected Kenyan who had recently flown from Rome to Nairobi. The man has been tracked down and will be tried directly: he risks a sentence of 50 thousand euros or up to 10 years imprisonment.
Ten other people have been arrested for marketing a fake "do-it-yourself" test to find out if you are positive for Covid19. The ten are said to be employees of Avane Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic and Medical Spa in Nairobi and were identified after a social announcement had spread the news that the company had already sold several kits of this kind, which were successfully tested.
In the advertisements the company also provided a Mpesa number with which to pay and accept the home shipment of the test. According to the scammers themselves, 600 products had been sold.
In reality, a box of products used for anything else had simply been camouflaged.
The phone company Safaricom decided to take away from users all commissions for operations with the Mpesa service under Kes. 1000, as an aid to Kenyans for the Coronavirus emergency. The most important operator in Kenya is studying other measures to help the Government, also at the information level via sms.
At the same time, the Central Bank of Kenya has issued a communiqué specifying a number of facilities for those who will carry out telephone money transfer operations during this period, with increased ceilings up to Kes. 300,000 and zero or decrease in home banking fees.
A Kenyan woman has been stopped and quarantined in Nandi County. She had arrived from the United States to attend the funeral of a relative. As of tomorrow, all funerals and weddings, occasions of great aggregation, will be banned. Another just arrived from Germany, was found on report in a hotel in the town of Machakos, and in the presence of fever and other symptoms, was placed in quarantine. The tour guide who accompanied her was swabbed and found negative, he too is in isolation.
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