CS Kagwe: Matatus to carry less passengers, bars to close by 7:30 pm

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Matatu parked at Tea room stage, Nairobi CBD

BY ANDREW WALYAULA

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has ordered matatus to carry less passengers as a one way of fighting corona virus that has infected 253,960 people and claimed lives of at least 10,000 people across the globe.

The CS who addressed the media on Friday march 20 said that fourteen seater matatus should only carry eight passengers, 25 seater and 33 seater matatus should maintain 60 percent capacity.

He said these directives will be effective from Monday march 23.

According to Kagwe, four suspected cases of Covid 19 are admitted at Mbagathi.

“We received four more cases. One was tested negative while the remaining three are still waiting for the results,” he noted.

He also mentioned that the government is following up a suspected case in Kilifi and the results will be ready by 7 a.m on Saturday.

The CS ordered that all entertainment places and bars should be closed by 7;30 p.m from Monday.

“Bars should be closed by 7:30 p.m and owners should define the maximum number of people at a given time,” said the CS

Supermarkets are also required to limit the number of people entering the premise basing on its size.

He also directed supermarkets to be disinfecting the premise regularly and operate for 24 hours, adding that the government will provide security.

“Supermarkets should operate for 24 hours since the government will provide security. There should be frequent disinfection in all shopping malls.

About open air markets, the CS advised that goods should be put on raised platforms.

He added that agencies that offer essential services should not downsize employees in any way.

“Agencies that offers services such as water, health, security, finance and transport must not downsize their employees,” he said.

So far, 44 people have been discharged from the hospital after being isolated for fourteen days.