A total 31 people who attempted to enter Garissa town from Nairobi in the past two days have been placed under forced quarantine for the next 14 days.
Two weeks ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta restricted movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties as part of wider measures by the Government to limit the spread of the deadly Covid-19.
However, Kenyans continue to use all manner of tricks to sneak out of these Counties to their rural Counties putting their family members at risk of contracting the virus.
Garissa county CEC for Health Ahmednadir Omar says security officers arrested four persons travelling in a salon car as they tried to enter Garissa town at around midnight on Sunday and they were immediately put under forced quarantine.
Yesterday evening, a bus christened Emirates was also impounded with 27 passengers on board who were picked from Mwingi after being dropped off by saloon cars from Nairobi.
“I want to appeal to the people of Garissa that whatever measures the Government has put in place are for their own interest and that of the health of the people.” Omar said.
The CEC said persons suspected to have travelled from Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale or Mombasa Counties will be put under forced quarantine at their own cost.
“They can use whatever measures. They may be conned by mischievous, criminal and malicious business people. They will be charged after quarantine for trying to expose other people to the deadly virus.” he said.
Garissa County Commissioner Meru Mwangi said that the license of the bus company will be suspended immediately.
Mwangi said that other more punitive measures will be meted out on any bus company owners or individuals found defying government guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the virus.