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Update 1 on Coronavirus - COVID 19

Situation report

As of March 13th, 2020, 135 cases have been confirmed across 11 African countries.
Globally, the hotspots include:

  • China
  • Italy
  • Iran

In Africa, the hotspots with most cases are:

  • Egypt
  • Algeria
  • South Africa

NB: Kenya has confirmed its First case of Coronavirus infection on Friday, March 2020 as reported today by CS, Ministry of Health Services.
More information on the affected countries can be found here: COVID – 19 situation report

How will I know that I have been infected?

Early symptoms (COVID -19 symptoms) to look out for include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty in breathing

What can I do if I suspect that I have been infected?

If you develop early symptoms of fever, fatigue and dry cough, you are advised to self-quarantine and you can see how to through this link: Self quarantine: All you need to know

Should you experience any of these symptoms; shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing or suspect that someone around you is infected, call any of the following hospitals or reach out to the Ministry of Health – Disease Surveillance Division in advance as you make your way to the hospital:

Ministry of Health Disease Surveillance Division Toll Free Line (in Kenya): 0800 721 316

Tel Hotline: +254 729 471 414/+254 732 353 535

Mbagathi Hospital  +254 020 272 4712

+254 0721 311 088

Kenyatta Hospital +254 020 272 6300
Aga Khan Hospital +254 366 2020/22 +254 374 0000
Nairobi Hospital +254703 082 000

+254730 666 000

What health measures can I take to prevent infection?

The following are health and hygiene measures to prevent infection:

  • Wash hands:
    • After coughing/sneezing
    • When caring for the sick
    • Before/during/after preparing food
    • Before eating
    • After using the toilet
    • When hands look dirty
    • When handling pets
  • Cancel all non-essential travel
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or with your elbow flexed
  • Avoid handshaking, hugging and kissing (close contact) with people who have flu-like symptoms
  • Self-quarantine and reach out to any of the listed health facilities should you develop any symptoms

For further information feel free to reach out to us:

Important Information

  • The University will keep updating you on the Coronavirus situation on a regular basis via email communication and when necessary we will use the University SMS Platform.
  • Students: Update your mobile phone details using ‘MyStrathApp’
  • Staff: Update your mobile contacts via Orange HR System on Sagana
  • Click to view: Seven tips for protecting against the coronavirus