Government to use secondary schools, airport hangers as isolation centers as coronavirus cases rise

The government is set to use boarding secondary schools, airport hangers and other institutions as isolation centers for persons with the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rises to 42.

On Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that nearly 1000 persons who had come in contact with the confirmed patients were in isolation.

He added that the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) was working with counties and the private sector to identify local institutions that can be used as isolation centers for COVID-19 patients.

“We are expanding our capacity for the purposes of intervention measures, the private sector has identified various areas including schools and airport hangers that can be used as hospitals, isolation centers if we were to go that far,” Kagwe said.

He said that the country is likely to be overrun with health facilities but in such a case secondary boarding schools, aircraft hangers among other institutions will be used as isolation centers.

Kenya has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew which started last week on Friday as part of measures by President Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent a further spread of the virus that has so far killed one person.