President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent home elderly government workers to protect them from getting infected with the coronavirus disease.

Public and state officers aged above 58 years have been urged to take leave or only work from home.

The President said those with pre-existing medical conditions in Job Group S should comply with the directive without fail.

“I hereby order and direct that all State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above, serving in Job Group S and below or their equivalent, take leave or forthwith work from home.”

However, those serving in the security sector and other essential services are excluded from the above directive.

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The President spoke at State House, Nairobi, when he announced new measures by the government containing spread of Covid-19.

During the briefing, he asked Kenyans to consider working from home.

He said that would help a lot in controlling the spread of Covid-19, which is highly infections.

President Kenyatta released Ksh10 billion to cater for the disadvantaged groups in the society.

The money will be used to make sure the groups survive during this period when daily activities will be greatly affected by the pandemic.

“We have allocated an appropriation of an additional Ksh10 billion to the elderly, orphans and other vulnerable members of our society through cash-transfers by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, to cushion them from the adverse economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

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