Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has banned all public rallies following the confirmation of the first case of novel Covid-19 in the country.
CS Kagwe was speaking during a press briefing at Harambee House, Nairobi, on Friday, 13th March, when he outlawed all the public rallies, with no exception.
The decision comes after a Kenyan citizen, who travelled back to Nairobi from the United States via London, on 5th March 2020, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday night.
Kagwe also suspended all public gatherings, meetings, games, events, church crusades. Churches can have services as long as they have sanitisers. Schools to remain open but the inter-school games and all visits to prisons are suspended for the next 30 days as a precautionary measure.
The CS directed public transporters to provide hand sanitisers for their passengers.
He warned the Kenyans who have been misguided by the notion that people with a black skin cannot contract the virus.
“There has been a misguided notion that those with black skin cannot get the coronavirus. I can confirm that she is an African and is 27 years old,” he said.
The CS urged Kenyans not to panic, as the government would release rapid response teams, including mobile units to help people suspected of the virus.
“At the moment, there is absolutely no need for panic or worry provided we keep taking the precautionary measures,” CS Kagwe said.