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Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Nairobi, Kenya   /   Fri, March 13, 2020   /   03:55 pm
Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa An isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV or novel coronavirus, is seen in a transmission electron microscopic image obtained from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, US on Tuesday. (Reuters/CDC/Hannah A Bullock and Azaibi Tamin)

Kenya announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday, saying a woman who returned from the United States tested positive for the illness in Nairobi.

"I want to inform you that the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus case in Kenya," Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told reporters.

"The case is a Kenyan citizen who traveled back to Nairobi, returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom, on March 5, 2020."

The woman's temperature had returned to normal and she was stable and recovering in isolation, he said.

It is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the East African region.

 


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