The government has suspended the importation of used clothes over the global coronavirus pandemic.

Through its Twitter account on Wednesday, 25th March, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives said the move was meant to protect Kenyans from the deadly virus.

The ministry stated that the directive was also aimed at promoting the local textile industry.

First identified in Wuhan City in China, the Covid-19 is spreading fast across the world, affecting 386,423 people so far, with Kenya having already confirmed 25 cases.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 24th March, from Afya House, Nairobi, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the cases were spread out in four counties, namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.

Since the first positive case was recorded in Kenya on 13th March, the government has come up with a number of safety measures to help curb its spread.

They measures include imposing self-quarantine of Kenyans returning home from coronavirus-hit areas, shutting down bars and restaurants; suspension of church services and burials; as well as reducing the number of passengers in public service vehicles by half.

CS Kagwe urged all Kenyans to fully support the measures to mitigate the situation.

“We want responsibility among citizens. I would like to urge all Kenyans to fully support the measures being undertaken by the government to cut off transmission of the virus in our country.”

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Zablon Ondari

I am a journalist, who is passionate about writing articles. This interest carried me through the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and now I am in the industry and this continues. I have some extensive experience in writing human interest stories, sports and politics. I am self-motivated but a team player. Find out more about me on Facebook, Instagram as Zablon Riro and on Twitter @RiroZablon. E-mail

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