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Government To Go After Those Defying COVID-19 Protocols

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The government is set to begin a major crackdown against people defying COVID-19 protocols.

This follows reports of an increased number of people infected with the coronavirus that has spiked in the past one week across the country, including Kilifi county.

Kilifi county COVID-19 committee, chaired by governor Amason Kingi together with the county commissioner Kutswa Olaka on Saturday, October 10, ordered the security personnel to begin enforcing the rules so as to prevent a resurgence of the cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Kilifi county Kutswa Olaka with governor Amason Kingi and Deputy governor Gideon Saburi during the press briefing. /THE STAR

The resolution was reached after a security meeting between the governor, his cabinet and the security committee that is chaired by the county commissioner who is new in the county.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Kingi observed that people have now begun ignoring the protocols and live normally despite the fact that the pandemic is still in place.

The governor disclosed that people do not observe social distancing rules and are no longer wearing masks which put them at a high risk of contacting the deadly virus.

In the recent cases, Kilifi county recorded eight COVID-19 positive cases with majority coming from Magarini sub county.

Kingi also noted that matatus and passenger service vehicles have also stopped following the protocols and are carrying excess passengers which was risky.

Further he revealed that funeral services have also resumed the normal burial organizations that bring together hundreds of people which is against the protocols.

The directive will see security personnel together with the county inspectorate implement the orders to ensure the rules are adhered to.

“Our duty is to ensure the rules are followed and any matatus found defying the protocols shall face the full force of the law,” he decried.

The directives, according to Kingi, shall be effected also in restaurants which do not follow the rules.

At the same time, he cautioned politicians in the county against organizing large gatherings that could lead to the spread of COVID-19.

He told members of the public to resist from attending funerals weddings or political forums which do not observe the ministry of health protocols on the coronavirus.

The county commissioner on his part said those who will ignore the rules, shall be arrested and face the full force of the law.

He highlighted that the country still has a major challenge in combating the coronavirus pandemic as the cases are rising and added that he was supporting the governor on the directives that have been issued .

County commissioner Olaka urged political leaders, religious leaders and even government officials to set a good example to the public by ensuring that they follow the COVID-19 protocols.

The country as of October 10 recorded 538 new COVID-19 cases from 6,872 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the caseload now at 41,158.

Five more patients succumbed to virus raising Kenya’s death toll to 760, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement sent to newsrooms.

61 more COVID-19 recoveries were reported, raising the total to 30,937, 21 of the recovered patients were in hospitals and 40 under home care.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past COVID-19 press briefing. /TWITTER