COVID-19 UPDATE: Government suspends religious gatherings as coronavirus cases rise to 15

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Eight more people have tested positive for the Coronavirus, totaling the number of confirmed cases in the country to 15.

Speaking while giving the daily updates on the status of coronavirus in the country, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said all the new cases are imported from Europe and America.

“Out of the latest eight cases, five are Kenyans and three are foreign nationals. The foreign Nationals are two French people and one Mexican. The ages are between are between 20 for the youngest and 57 years for the oldest,” said CS Kagwe.

“All the eight came through the came through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between the 4th and 17th of March, 2020, and they have all been isolated at various facilities and are being monitored,” he added.

The government is tracing 363 people who had come into contact with the eight patients.

“All the patients except the one who is at the Coast, at Msambweni, are in stable condition. The government is organizing to having the patient in Msambweni airlifted to Nairobi for futher treatment,” said the health CS.

The patient at Msambweni is the 67 year old French National.

Citing Italy as an example, the government has directed the suspension of all church, mosques, funerals and other social gatherings. Funerals are restricted to immediate family members only.

“Long after Coronavirus is secured, we will still have weddings, we will still have churches, we will still have mosques.. but what is the point of continuing with these institutions as if nothing is happening and cut your gathering post coronavirus by half?” posed the CS.

Globally, the virus has so far claimed 13,782 lives, infected 324,064 people. 96,006 people have managed to recover from the disease.