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Govt Reinstates Mandatory Wearing of Face Masks in Enclosed Spaces

by Zablon Ondari
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The government has reinstated the mandatory wearing of masks in enclosed places due to a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country.

Addressing the media on Monday, 20th June, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said members of the public will be required to wear face masks in confined places such as PSVs, aircraft, offices, supermarkets and places of worship.

CS Kagwe expressed concerns over the rising cases of the virus in the country as he called on netizens who have not been vaccinated to do so.

“Those who have not been vaccinated should do so immediately. Those who have been vaccinated and need a booster shot should do so immediately,” the CS said.

“The sharp rise in infections should mean something to our country and we must once again take steps to prevent a slide into a crisis like the one we experienced in 2020 and 2021 when we lost many lives and resources,” he added.

Kagwe also stated that all unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya will be required to be in possession of a negative PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure.

The move comes as Kenya battles the sixth wave of Covid-19. According to the report from the Ministry of Health as of today, Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate is at 12.6 per cent after 252 people tested positive from a sample size of 1,993 people tested in the last 24 hours.

As of June 19th, 2022, a total of 18,589,484 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 16,647,255 were doses administered to the adult population (18 years and above).

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