Do not come to Murang’a unless necessary — Mwangi Wa Iria bans visits to his county over Coronavirus

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Mar 20th 2020 at 15:36
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Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has asked residents of his county to stay at home and outsiders to stay where they are in the wake of the Coronavirus.

Speaking while handing out sanitisers that will be used at bus terminals in his county, Wa Iria said this was not the time to go around visiting relatives and friends.

“I know this will be unpopular but I do not want visitors in Murang’a from other counties...Murang’a people should also stay in Murang’a...experts say this virus is spread by people moving from one place to the other,” he remarked.

Adding: “This coronavirus is following movement of people, we do not want you to travel and infect people or travel and bring the disease here, we have to be careful.”

Murang’a County Commissioner Mohamed Mbale echoed those sentiments saying such measures would go a long way in curbing the spread of the virus.

Elsewhere, three patients in Kakamega County who were tested for Coronavirus have tested negative.

This is according to governor Wycliffe Oparanya who said he was doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus in his county.

“Their samples were taken to KEMRI for analysis and we are happy to confirm that they all tested negative.

“All the patients are now stable…they had other illnesses but are being closely monitored,” he said.

Last week, Oparanya closed all mortuaries in his county for 30 days.

He said the order was part of his prevention strategy against the deadly coronavirus in Kakamega and asked those whose relatives’ bodies were at the county morgue to collect them free of charge.

Oparanya encouraged residents of his county to conduct burial ceremonies immediately to avoid gatherings, in line with the government’s directive.

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