Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has today, 31st March, declared Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County, a quarantine area for the novel Covid-19.

The directive comes after 720 young people were found meeting at the hotel despite social distancing and congregating advisories from the Health ministry.

Kagwe further said that all the 720 youth would all be quarantined and tested before being released.

National government administrators in Machakos on Tuesday ordered the indefinite closure of Maanzoni Lodge, a popular conferencing facility located in Athi River, after the management violated a government directive prohibiting public gatherings.

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Machakos County Commissioner Esther Maina said the manager, Chris Musau, and a youth leader were arrested and locked up at Athi River Police Station. The two will be arraigned for allegedly defying government directives to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi today confirmed nine more Covid-19 cases, bringing the total in the country to 59.

In a press briefing at Afya House, Nairobi, Dr Mwangangi said the government was tracing 1,668 close contacts of the positive cases. Some 508 have been discharged after completing the 14-day follow-up period.

Globally, 828,305 people have been infected with the virus and 40,735 have died, while 174,454 had recovered as of Tuesday.

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