Residents of Makueni County are living in fear after the CEC for Health, Andrew Mulwa, revealed that nine individuals who tested positive for Covid-19, had their samples taken from various hotels in Kibwezi East and Makindu.
The health official, who spoke to reporters last evening at his office, disclosed that two out of the nine patients were from the same hotel in Kibwezi East, while the remaining seven were from four different hotels in Makindu Sub-County.
He said the Makueni Covid-19 response team had begun tracing the contacts of the nine so that they be isolated at Makueni County Referral Hospital.
Dr Mulwa said that those traced would be taken to the KMTC Covid-19 quarantine centre at Makindu.
He said all the five hotels would be closed for fumigation and decontamination to prevent further spread of the virus in the county.
Makueni has registered 11 Covid-19 cases, but the first patient has fully recovered from the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, Kibwezi Sub-County Commissioner George Okwara has ordered the closure of all the hotels, wines and spirits shops and guest houses within the affected area.
Okwara said that medical personnel would be deployed in the sub-county to collect samples of persons exposed to the disease.
Insisting that the places would remain closed until they are declared Covid-19-free, the administrator urged residents to observe the precautionary measures.
He also said that police officers would be carrying out patrols to identify those who defy the guidelines.