Governor orders all city nightclubs closed for the next 30 days

Coronavirus begins to take its toll on Kenya's economy

File image of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (Left) and his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko

The measure was announced by Mombasa county governor Ali Hassan Joho after consultation with Mombasa County commissioner, Gilbert Kitiyo.

The move is aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that continues to sweep across the globe with new cases reported on a daily basis.

The first case of Coronavirus in Kenya was reported on Friday, 13 March 2020 with the Ministry of Health announcing several measures to control the spread of the virus.

Reports indicate that seven others have been quarantined at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.

In the wake of the development, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe invoked the Public Health Act which requires Kenyans to:

1. Maintain a distance of atleast one metre from persons who are coughing.

2. Stay at home if coughing and with a fever and difficulty breathing.

He also invoked the law in banning the following:

1. All public gatherings and events that have large gatherings, including rallies to promote the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)

2. Inter-school events drama and music festivals and sports meets, but schools will remain open

3. All prison visits for the next 30 days

4. Travel to affected countries unless absolutely necessary

The ministry also gave the following instructions:

1. Public transport operators will regularly clean their vehicles and provide sanitisers for passengers

2. Members of the public will avoid spreading false information about the virus and the state in Kenya

3. Churches will continue to operate as usual as long as they provide hand sanitisers for their congregants.

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