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Explain to motorists importance of this Covid-19 rule

By Editorial | May 20th 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Since the first case of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was detected in Kenya, the government has unveiled various measures aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly virus.

Hand washing and terminologies like sanitising and social distancing, which were alien to majority of the people are now part and parcel of our lingua franca.

From kindergarteners to nonagenarians, everyone now knows how to sanitise. It's no laughing matter; it's a life and death affair.

Of course, we have the government to thank for this. Day after day, hour after hour it has been emphasising the importance of doing what it has prescribed, reminding Kenyans that our lives depend on obediently observing these measures.

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But while the government has generally done a good job explaining the rationale behind most of these measures, it has failed in some cases. That's why one or two measures don't make sense to some people.

For instance, initially a section of the public took the Health ministry's advice that wearing of face masks is not a must and that they should be left to health workers with a pinch of salt. Those who were sceptical have since been vindicated; it's now criminal not to wear a face mask.

Currently there are murmurs especially among motorists who wonder why they are required to wear face masks even when they are alone in the vehicles. They argue that when one is alone in a car, the social distancing element is well catered for as the next motorist is metres if not kilometres away.

So if it is indeed important for one to wear a face mask while alone in a car, the Health ministry explain to motorists in simple terms so that they do not put their lives at risk.


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