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Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

By AFP
13 March 2020   |   10:06 am
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.

Kenya’s Minister of Health Mutahi Kagwe announces the first COVID-19 coronaviurs case in Kenya, a 27 year-old Kenyan woman came from the US, at the press conference in Harambee house in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

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 travelled 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.