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No, Kenya’s KTN News didn’t report 14 University of Nairobi students infected with Covid-19

“KTN News reports that 14 students from the University of Nairobi (UON) of sciences famously known as Kenya Science have been infected with the coronavirus and quarantined at Kenyatta National Hospital,” claims an article dated 16 March 2020 and shared on Facebook.

Is this true?

Seven confirmed cases announced

A look through the Twitter and Facebook timelines of KTN News shows that all the updates on coronavirus in Kenya reported by the TV channel have been attributed to the government officials. No report on 14 University of Nairobi students being quarantined for the coronavirus can be found.

On 18 March, health minister Mutahi Kagwe announced that Kenya had seven confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Kagwe said: “We have received confirmation of another three cases of coronavirus following tests that were carried out by the National Influenza Centre as well as Kemri [Kenya Medical Research Institute] laboratories in the country. Therefore, we now have in the country seven confirmed cases.” 

Paul Nabiswa, a senior editor at KTN News, told Africa Check the article was false. “That’s a false story that someone posted online. We don’t have such information, and we never ran such a story.” 

A University of Nairobi staff member told us on the institution’s official phone line: “The university is closed and we have not heard of such reports.” – Grace Gichuhi


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