Boda boda riders, passengers to wear masks amid Coronavirus pandemic

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As the world continues to battle the Covid-19, Kenya now has 50 confirmed cases of the virus. Nairobi is the most affected county with 37 people infected and Kitui has joined the list of counties affected having one case of Coronavirus.

In a press briefing to update Kenyans about Coronavirus in the country, Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe has urged Nairobi dwellers not to travel upcountry to protect the elderly in rural areas who are more susceptible to the Coronavirus. He also advised those in rural areas not to travel to Nairobi, and if they do, they should maintain a social distance.

To protect boda boda operators and users, the CS has directed riders and passengers to wear masks to protect themselves. Kagwe has also asked boda boda associations leaders to oversee the implementation of this order, adding that the police will also help in enforcing it.

He also stated that boda boda operators should carry one passenger at a time to assist in keeping a protective distance, adding that the government will distribute masks in all the counties.

The CS explained that cargo flights have not been restricted from landing in the country saying that most of them are transporting medicine and other things.

He added that the Ministry of Health had a meeting with the Council of Governors, and additional measures to curb the virus will be announced by the Ministry of Interior and the council.

Kagwe also told employers to release employees at 4pm in efforts to adhere to the 7pm curfew.

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