Busy Ruaka Market in Kiambu Closed Indefinitely As Four Covid-19 Cases Are Confirmed

A trading centre on Nairobi’s western outskirts in Kiambu County has been closed down after the confirmation of four Covid-19 cases. Police moved in and shut down Ruaka market and shopping centre.

A public notice issued by Sub-County Administrator David Mugo on Tuesday, 21st April, said the shutdown would pave the way for fumigation.

The traders have been asked to clear their stocks and create space for the spraying to be done.

“We urge traders to follow the government guidelines, including staying at home, social distancing and the regular washing of hands,” said Mugo.

This came just a day after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced 11 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, 20th April, four of whom are Ruaka residents.

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The Health CS warned: “Covid-19 is not a Nairobi disease. It’s something in the neighbourhood being carried around by your brother, sister or friend.”

In Kiambu County, Githurai, Githurai 45, Ndongoru, Thindigua, Tinganga, Waithaka and Wataalam have recorded coronavirus cases.

The national Covid-17 tally now stands at 296 from the 14,417 samples that have been tested.

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