Uhuru takes action. 

The President has set up a 21-person National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus.

The head of state said that the Committee will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe and members will include Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo, CS Transport James Macharia, Defence CS Monica Juma and ICT CS Joe Mucheru.

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The Committee’s mandate is to prepare, prevent and respond to the threat of Coronavirus as well as coordinate capacity-building of medical personnel and other professionals who will help in managing the disease.

The team is also expected to enhance surveillance in all ports and points of entry into the country.

The President has also ordered that the Mbagathi hospital coronavirus section be completed within seven days despite the ministry of health saying the section would be complete in a month.

He further said that the identification and preparation of isolation and treatment facilities in Level 5 and referral hospitals across the country be concluded by March 15.

The 21-member team is also required to coordinate the supply of testing kits, protective gear, and other medical equipment.

Further, Mr Kenyatta ordered them to conduct Economic Assessment Impact and develop mitigation strategies on the virus.

The order follows an outcry from Kenyans after a China Southern Airlines landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday evening with 239 passengers.