Schools to remain closed for one more month~ Ministry of Health Kenya

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The older pupils studying for there KCP exam at Mwakirunge School, Nr Mombassa, Kenya. There are 800 pupils in the school and 17 teachers in 11 classrooms. The Wema centre have provided the school with, scout uniforms, books, sanitary pads and 100 solar lamps to help improve schoolwork. Wema is an NGO organisation supporting vulnerable children. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
The older pupils studying for there KCP exam at Mwakirunge School, in Mombasa, Kenya.  (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Schools in Kenya are to remain closed for another month as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, the country’s health ministry has tweeted.

The East African nation has had a partial lockdown in place for several weeks, with travel in and out of major cities banned.

Schools were closed in mid-March and had been due to reopen on 4 May.

During the shutdown, the education ministry has been providing school programmes via radio and TV broadcasts.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe says that more than 100 patients out of Kenya’s 355 recorded Covid-19 cases have now recovered.

The ministry further tweeted measures they would implement to mitigate the spread of the pandemic on county levels.

The country’s national emergency coronavirus committee, which had met on Sunday, would soon be releasing guidelines for partial reopening of restaurants, his statement added.

He also warned Kenyans to be wary of malaria and not confuse it with Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

“We would like to remind all of you that mosquitoes are not under quarantine or lockdown… We need to protect ourselves from mosquitoes and to be on constant lookout for malaria symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, which coincidentally, are also symptoms for Covid-19 disease,” Mr Kagwe said.

“Malaria testing and treatment are still available, and are offered free of charge in all government health facilities.”

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