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Former Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu (pictured) has joined efforts to combat spread of coronavirus in the region.

In his preventive measure against the respiratory disease, the former governor donated several jerricans of water and sanitisers to boda boda operators in Voi, Mwatate, Wundanyi and Taveta.

The items have been set up at several bus stops where they pick passengers.

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Speaking to the press in Voi town when he donated 70-litre jerricans to be used by the boda boda riders and customers, Mruttu said the war against the disease must be fought by all.

He said he would go round the county to ensure residents and transport operators in major centres have hand washing points.

"Whether one is in government or not, we must all join efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. I have joined the county covid-19 emergency response team to boost the fight against the spread," the former governor said.

The region is yet to report any coronavirus cases.

Mruttu said he will go round the county to talk to residents on preventive measures against covid-19 spread.

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“Riders cannot stay indoors. We have to find ways to effectively support the riders to work."

Meanwhile, County Police Commander Said Kiprotich has warned the public against spreading false, alarming and unconfirmed reports on coronavirus.

The police commander warned that anyone found doing so will be arrested.

“The issue of national security is paramount. There is no break to commit crime. We will use the existing laws to deal with petty and capital offenders.

"We will secure the environment and continue providing security," Kiprotich said.

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At the same time, the response team said any concerns on the disease should be reported to the county hotline via sms on 0735480405.

Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui said Public Health officials are working with local administrators to educate the public on covid-19 preventive measures.

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