A student from China who arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with coronavirus-like symptom has been admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) isolation ward until further notice.
According to the Ministry of Health Kenya, it is currently investigating the suspected case of the deadly virus.
The yet to be named student, in his early 20s, traveled via Kenya Airways (KQ) and arrived at JKIA with coronavirus-like symptoms. He was rushed to hospital by the Ministry of Health at 9:30 a.m.
“Kenya Airways confirms that a passenger who traveled on our flight KQ886 from Guangzhou to Nairobi on 28 January 2020 has, as a precautionary measure, been quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital,” KQ said in a statement.
The Student left Wuhan, the city that is the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in China.
KQ said that while onboard the aircraft, its crew, guided by the ICAO protocols, isolated the passenger and provide him with a face mask for the entire trip.
More than 2,700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, prompting countries around the world to shore up surveillance and screening at airports, especially for travelers arriving from Wuhan in China where the outbreak began in December 2019.
Some of the coronavirus symptoms include a running nose, coughing, a sore throat, headaches and a fever which may last for a couple of days.