NAIROBI — Kenya has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus, Minister of Health Mutahi Kagwe said on Friday morning.
Kagwe to reporters that the virus was confirmed on a female student who entered Kenya from the United States via London, United Kingdom.
The female patient, who has since been quarantined, tested positive on Thursday and had traveled to the United States through the United Kingdom. She arrived in the country on March 5.
Kenyan authorities have since suspended all public gatherings in the country following the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus case.
Mr. Kagwe said all inter-school events and conferences have been cancelled with immediate effect.
Kagwe who doubles up as Chairperson of the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, however, stated that school programs will proceed as planned.
The CS also announced the suspension of prison visitations for the next 30 days.
He said normal church services will continue but urged churches to provide hand sanitizers. Kagwe, however, announced the suspension of church crusades.
This story is being updated.