Vihiga County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been set up to provide data for mapping Covid-19 hotspots and give daily updates on the pandemic.

The hotspots identified include Mbale, Majengo, Chavakali, Luanda and Shamakhokho.

Speaking to the media at the county headquarters in Mbale Township on Thursday, 2nd April, Governor Wilber Ottichilo said the county and national governments had come up with measures to ensure that the virus does not spread further.

The county command centre will be operational 24 hours to relay information on the pandemic.

A centre will be established in each of the five sub-counties: Emuhaya, Sabatia, Luanda, Hamisi and Vihiga to deliver information to the main county command centre in Mbale Township. The county police commandant will be in charge of the command centre.

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The county has procured 2,000 respirators for the healthcare workers and security personnel.

The county Covid-19 Emergency committee chaired by Governor Ottichilo, deputised by County Commissioner Ochillo Oyugi, resolved to provide food subsidies to the people should the pandemic persist.

The governor also advised students, who are at home, to embrace technology in learning to keep busy during this time.

County Commissioner Oyugi said Vihiga were law abiding, adding that since the curfew was declared on Friday last week, only 29 people had been arrested.

He said the curfew had substantially reduced insecurity in the county.

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