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Public Service Commission Closed After Ten Test Positive For COVID-19

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The Public Service Commission has announced that it would close its offices for 14 days after 10 of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement seen by 254news.co.ke , the closure was necessitated to minimise the potential risk for further infections within the commission.

“All operations and services in the commission will be scaled down temporarily with effect from Monday July 13 to Friday July 24, 2020. In this regard, all staff/interns will be required to proceed on self-isolation in their respective homes.”

“During this period, access to the Commission offices will be restricted except where there is prior clearance by the Secretary/CEO.” read the statement.

The Commission carried out fumigation and sterilisation of the PSC building and offices on Saturday July 11 to ensure that any contamination of the surfaces by the virus was eliminated. The exercise would be repeated on a regular basis.

The closure comes after Kenya crossed the 10,000 mark in terms of COVID-19 cases, with a total of 10,105 after 379 more people tested positive for the coronavirus.

Recoveries in Kenya increased to 2,881 as 49 more patients have been discharged from hospital, according to the Ministry of Health in a press statement on Sunday July 12.

One more patient succumbed to the virus, bringing the number of deaths to 185.
Nairobi continued to register high figures of the positive cases, reporting 209 from the total new cases.

Earlier, four people had been reported testing positive in State House, which saw the president shifting his operations to his office in Harambee House.

Two members of staff at the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) tested positive for Covid-19 on July 6.

An internal memo sent out by KBC Managing Director Naim Bilal, confirmed the results, further urged staffers to exercise caution.

“Despite our good efforts, it has emerged that two of our staff have tested positive for Covid-19. While appropriate protocols have been activated to prevent infection from the affected staff, the situation calls for enhanced personal responsibility within and outside Broadcasting House to protect ourselves, colleagues, families and others,” read the memo in part.

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