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Press Release


20 March 2020

The Ministry of Health has received results of 27 samples that had been sent for testing for coronavirus. All 27 cases tested negative.

Of particular note is that samples of the index case (previously confirmed case) have now tested negative. In accordance to protocol, one more test will be conducted with the index case before a final decision is made in terms of discharging the patient.

The Ministry wishes to remind us all to follow the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These include:                                                                       

  1. Wash hands regularly with running water and soap
  2. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  3. Open windows in buses or any areas of congestion
  4. Should you experience flu like symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing and have a history of travel to affected places please seek medical help
  5. Health workers are reminded to take the full history and screen all patients presenting with flu like symptoms.

The Ministry of Health will remain vigilant in its response to COVID-19 and regularly inform the nation of any developments.

Lizzie Nkosi (Senator)

Minister of Health

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