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Coronavirus fears: 2 with high fever quarantined in Kenya

Two people with a high fever were on Sunday quarantined in Kenya over fears that they were infected with the coronavirus.

The precautionary measure was taken as a deadly coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has left 304 people dead so far and thousands infected.

One of the travellers was from Beijing and took a Kenya Airways flight in Dubai, while the other arrived from China aboard a China Southern Airlines plane.


This is the third such case in Kenya, the first having been of a student who travelled via Kenya Airways flight KQ886 and the second a student in Momabsa.

Last week, an unnamed student, in his early 20s, left Wuhan for Zhangjiajie City on January 20, travelled to Nairobi through Guangzhou in China and Bangkok in Thailand on January 27 and landed at the JKIA in Nairobi on January 28.

He was put in isolation at KNH. Health Cabinet Secretary reported on January 31 that tests validated in South Africa showed the student did not have the virus.

The second case was reported in Mombasa County early Sunday, where a female medical student from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou has been admitted at the Coast General Hospital.

The student, who arrived on Thursday, is in a private room at the Rehemtullah Ward, Mombasa County Chief Health Officer Khadija Shikely said.


Since emerging out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, the coronavirus has infected nearly 14,500 people across China and reached 24 countries.

Many of the infections overseas have been of people who had travelled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of 11 million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province.

Meanwhile, China’s central bank said Sunday it would pump 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 bln) into the economy as it ramps up support for a nationwide fight against a deadly virus that is expected to hit growth.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement it would launch a 1.2 trillion yuan reverse repurchase operation on Monday to maintain “reasonable and abundant liquidity” in the banking system, as well as a stable currency market, during the epidemic.


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