Chinese National isolated in Kitui over fears of Coronavirus


A Chinese national working for Sino Hydro Construction Company in Kitui County will remain isolated for two weeks, before being allowed to resume duties, despite testing negative for coronavirus.

Kitui County Chief Officer for Health Dr Richard Muthoka said preliminary medical tests had shown the man had no signs of coronavirus, but will remain under strict isolated observation until  two weeks are over.

“The Chinese man has been examined by our medical staff and he tested negative to the basic symptoms of coronavirus” Dr Muthoka told journalists Tuesday adding the man will also be wearing face mask at all times.

The patient is said to have jetted into the country over the weekend.

Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai urged the relevant government departments, including security agencies, to ensure the workers at the construction site and the local community are not exposed to health risks.

“Even if these people have been tested at the point of entry, we can’t afford to take chances. The locals are worried because they are mingling with the Chinese coming from regions with coronavirus outbreak,” Dr Nyamai said.