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Government Announces Return of Mandatory Wearing of Masks.

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Government Announces Return of Mandatory Wearing of Masks.

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The Kenyan government has instructed the return of mandatory wearing of masks in public places. This move is in a bid to contain the 6th wave of Covid-19 in the nation.

Mutahi Kagwe stated that members of the public will be needed to wear face masks in confined spaces. These areas include PSVs, places of worship, supermarkets, offices, aircrafts.

“All indoor meetings to continue at full capacity of the venue but provided that people take measures to be fully vaccinated in order to do so. We are not restricting in-person worship. We also require worshipers to wear their face masks while inside the places of worship,” Kagwe said. The requirement will however not apply to those in public places where one is not in proximity with others.

While addressing the media, he also stated that Covid 19 is spreading in indoor political meetings. He sounded a warning to individuals attending such events to mask up.He described political events as super spreaders.

Further, Mutahi Kagwe urged Kenyans who are yet to be vaccinated to do so. He also encouraged the vaccinated to get a booster vaccines. Mutahi Kagwe stated that only fully vaccinated international travelers will not be subjected to quarantine and a PCR test upon arrival.

He also said unvaccinated travelers will be needed to have a negative PCR test not exceeding 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry.

The ministry of health also noted the increasing cases of cold and flu. Members of the public ailing were requested to get tested.

“We expect to have a lot more colds and flus with similar presentations like COVID-19. Therefore, there is a need for all those with respiratory like illnesses to seek appropriate medical care and be tested for COVID-19,” Kagwe said.

Dr. Amoth encouraged Kenyans displaying such symptoms to stay hydrated, exercise regularly, dress warmly, maintain hygiene and stay home if possible.

By Sunday the 19th, the country’s positivity rate in the country was 9.9%.

Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on COVID-19 which highlights Kenya among countries experiencing the sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the increase in number of cases Kenya and Mauritius are the only African Union member states in the affected category.

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