Uhuru directs all schools be closed over coronavirus outbreak


President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that all learning institutions in the country be closed following confirmation of two more coronavirus cases in the country.

All Primary and secondary day schools are to postpone operations from Monday, March 16 while  boarding schools have been given until Wednesday, March 18 to ensure all students are released to go home.

Universities, colleges and tertiary institutions should be closed by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Speaking at Harambee House  the president urged government offices, businesses and companies to allow employees work from home with the exception of those working in critical areas.

He also urged businesses to use cashless transactions such as mobile money and credit cards t avoid transmission of the virus through physical handling of money. The president also appealed to mobile operators to consider reducing transaction costs.

“We appeal to mobile operators and banks to take note of the situation we are in and to reduce the cost of transactions during this period,” he said.