Government officials on Saturday briefed the country on the coronavirus following confirmation of Kenya’s first case on Friday.

The Health Ministry said 22 people who were in close contact with the infected person have been quarantined at Mbagathi hospital.

Samples collected from them are being tested at the laboratory at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

The ministry further said that 23 people of mixed nationalities who travelled with the patient were traced and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

It said the people were identified through the flight manifest and are not in Kenya. The ministry’s rapid response team will follow up on these cases and update the public daily.

On Saturday, a team from the ministry led by Public Health Deputy Director, Dr. Fidelis Lagho, fumigated the building in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, where the patient lives.

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