Africa Nazarene University suspends classes in main campus over coronavirus trace

A 27-year-old Kenyan tested positive for coronavirus. [Photo Courtesy]

Africa Nazarene University has suspended all its on-campus classes in Nairobi and its environs following the first coronavirus case in Kenya.

In a statement, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Stanley Bhebhe said the decision was arrived at after a rapid coronavirus team mapped out Ongata Rongai as the contact place for a 27-year-old Kenyan lady who tested positive for coronavirus.

Africa Nazarene University is situated in Ongata Rongai.
“After careful consideration and analysis of the situation, the university has taken a cautionary decision to suspend on-campus classes effective Monday 16th, 2020,” part of the statement read.
Affected campuses are those in Ongata Rongai – main campus – and its Nairobi satellite campus. Students who live within the precincts of the main campus were directed to relocate before Monday next week.

The university follows in the steps of other institutions across the world which have suspended on-site operation in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook among other multinationals have asked their employees to work from home in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Still, on matters coronavirus in Kenya, the Seventh Day Adventist Church asked its elderly members to worship from home.
In a statement, the church said that “It is important to keep in touch with our older members and those with ongoing health conditions during this time. They are the most vulnerable to the virus. You may need to advise them to worship at home, especially if they are frail or currently unwell.”

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday confirmed that a female patient tested positive for coronavirus. She traveled to Nairobi from the U.S via London on March 5. A rapid response team on coronavirus was dispatched to Rongai where the patient resides.

Mr Kagwe also banned public gatherings and urged schools, churches and business operators to provide hand sanitizers in their establishments in a bid to fight coronavirus.