Has Meru County Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus?

This image (see above and below) has been shared multiple times on WhatsApp by Kenyan users.


Kenya confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on the 13th of March 2020. The patient is a woman who recently travelled back to the country from the United States via London.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in a press statement on the 15th of March confirmed 2 more cases. The two had been in contact with the first patient.

On the 18th of March, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, confirmed 3 more cases raising the number of infected people in Kenya to 7. The three new cases include a couple that arrived from Madrid, Spain, through Dubai on the 4th of March.

Meru Level 5 is reported to have a 20-bed isolation and treatment ward as part of its preparedness to handle any COVID-19 cases.


A Twitter search shows that the corresponding image of the one being circulated was taken from this video posted by Citizen TV the 17th of March 2020.

Everything in the video, apart from the headline, matches the image being shared. Pay close attention to the background, the anchors and their body language.

The video is from a Swahili segment, ‘Yaliyomo’, which is retained in the image but the rest of the words are in English.

The Ministry of Health has been giving updates on COVID-19 and, so far, no case has been confirmed outside Nairobi.


The image being circulated claiming 18 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Meru County is fake, making this claim FALSE.

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