Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna on Monday, May 18, said that passengers and drivers not wearing face masks while inside their private cars should not be arrested by the police.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 press briefings at Afya House, Oguna said that being in a private car is not a public place.
Oguna, however, asked the police to encourage Kenyans to have their face masks on at all times in even in private cars.
“We are trying to introduce a new culture that we have not been used to before. In order for a culture that is new to become part of our everyday life, it must be done over and over again.
“Police should not arrest anyone but they are supposed to encourage those in private cars to come out wearing a mask,” clarified Oguna.
Health CAS Rashid Aman, during the briefing, stated that the number of COVID-19 in the country rose to 912 after testing 1,139 samples. This brings the total number of samples tested to 44,851.
The CAS also announced that 22 more people had fully recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 336.
53 truck drivers also tested positive for coronavirus at the various entries of the Kenya-Tanzania border and were all referred back to Tanzania. 51 of them were from Tanzania while the other two from Burundi.
The cases were distributed in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu Taita Taveta, Kwale and Meru recording its first case in the county.
CAS Rashid urged Kenyans to continue following the directives put up by the government adding that the measures are not meant to punish anyone.