Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday, March 13, announced suspension on all public gatherings, meetings, games, events and church crusades after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Kenya.
Speaking during a press conference at Harambee House, CS Mutahi announced that the decision was made after Kenya confirmed its first positive coronavirus case.
“I want to inform you that the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case in Kenya. It was confirmed last night, Thursday, March 12. She is a Kenyan citizen who traveled back to Nairobi returning from the US via London, UK on March 5, 2020,” Mutahi stated during the press conference.
Health CS stated that all public gatherings would be halted
“We have suspended all public archives, meetings, religious crusades, games and all events that are of a huge public measures” the CS said
Churches are however allowed to continue with services provided that congregants use sanitizer and adhere to the safety precautions against the pandemic. Schools will also remain open but all inter-school games have been cancelled.
“Normal church services can go on provided that they provide sanitising and hand washing as people go into the worshipping areas. We have also suspended all inter-school events but schools remain open,” Mutahi declared.
This means the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally that was scheduled to happen in Nakuru on Saturday has been cancelled.
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Kenyans have been advised to refrain from shaking hands and regularly wash hands or sanitize with alcohol-based products.
The CS also directed persons with a cough or sneeze should stay home and maintain good respiratory hygiene by covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing.