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Mwangi wa Iria tells men to shave their hair and beards at home to avoid Coronavirus

By Vincent Kejitan | March 31st 2020

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has urged men in his county to avoid going to barber shops for a couple of weeks until Coronavirus is contained.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, the governor stated that barber shops and salons are high risk areas where the virus can easily be spread.

He asked men to shave their beards at home using razors and advised women to do their hair at home.

“A barber shop is a very risky place. The beard bibs can easily transmit the virus from oneperson to another.

“It would be prudent to shave at home. I did it this morning. It is doable. Let us help the government in fighting this virus,” he said.

Adding: “You can ask your wife to shave your hair as you discuss a few things regarding your home.”

Wa Iria also asked women to avoid salons saying the hair dryers used in such places can be risky since different people use it in a day.

On Monday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that eight more people had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 50.

Of the eight positive cases, one was a guest under mandatory quarantine, six others were close contacts of the 42 cases reported on Sunday and the other from The Aga Khan Hospital.

Nairobi still leads in the number of cases as community transmissions spike across the country.

This means that the Covid-19 disease is no longer being imported from outside the country but is spreading from one person to another locally.

The new cases are spread out in the country with Kitui and Mombasa each having a case while Nairobi recorded six.

Nairobi County has a cumulative of 34 positive cases followed by Kilifi at six and Mombasa at three. Kajiado and Kwale counties each have a case.

And just as the global figures, more males (26) than female (24) have tested positive to the highly-contagious virus.

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