A Kenyan student who landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from China with symptoms similar to those of the deadly Coronavirus has been admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
The student had just landed at the JKIA on Tuesday morning from Guangzhou.
“It is true we have a patient who showed symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus and has been isolated,” Hezekiah Gikambi, KNH’s Communications Manager told journalists.
The Government has warned Kenyans against non-essential travel to Wuhan City in China, where the highest number of Coronavirus cases have been reported with the number of deaths from the disease now standing at 81.
In a statement issued Monday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry also urged anyone planning to travel to China to comply with additional screening measures that have been put in place by authorities.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau also urged unregistered Kenyans to contact the embassy and have their status updated.
“The Embassy is aware that there are 85 Kenyans in Wuhan who are registered with the Embassy and is closely monitoring the situation,” the statement read in part.
The ministry announced that Authorities in Hubei province had halted the opening of universities and colleges and suspended the exams calendar indefinitely to curb movement and the spread of the virus.
Kenyan students studying in Hubei have also been advised to stay away from the Wuhan city, the hardest hit in China.