A Kenyan woman who returned from United States has tested positive for Coronavirus 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 travelled back to Nairobi, returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom, on March 5, 2020.”
According to the minister, the woman’s temperature had returned to normal and she was stable and recovering in isolation. It is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the East African region.
Meanwhile, over a third of African countries are already affected with COVID-19.
Until now, Africa had majorly been spared the fast spread of COVID-19, a disease that has infected not less than 135,000 people and killed about 5,000 worldwide.
Most of the reported cases in Africa are foreigners or those who had traveled abroad, with rapid testing and isolation helping to stem the tide of spread of the disease on the continent.
The fear of the UN Health Agency about the spread of Coronavirus to weaker health system is real but so far African countries have been succesful in curtailing the spread.