The government has made a passionate appeal to Kenyans to stay at home during this Easter weekend.
Going by how much Kenyans love to have a good time during holidays, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says this Easter holiday will be a time to reflect and not hosting parties or visiting as has been the norm to keep coronavirus at bay.
He said people should follow the government’s coronavirus rules and stay home.
“This being an Easter weekend, I want to make a special plea to all Kenyans to strictly stay at home and to continue observing all the other measures we have put in place. Do not host parties, and make the usual Easter visits. Stay at home! I wish you a reflective and blessed Easter weekend” he said.
The CS made the plea Thursday even as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases went up by five bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 184 while one more person died from the disease. 12 people have so far recovered and discharged.
The 184 confirmed cases are aged between three and 77 years while majority are male at 107 and 77 are female.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed people’s lives and this Easter weekend will be marked without the usual pomp and colour after the government suspended church and other social gatherings as it moved to tame further spread of the disease.
Traditions observed during Easter will also not take place. The Catholic Church has banned the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, a religious tradition depicting the sufferings and consequent crucifixion of Jesus Christ to adhere to social distancing measures and slow the spread of Coronavirus.
The CS at the same time hailed Kenyans efforts in observing the precautionary measures by the government.
“We must be vigilant to sustain the measures until victory is obtained and the curve flattened. We must jealously guard the gains we are making. This is not a time to be complacent”, said the CS.
Kagwe expressed concern over quality and level of exposure of face masks being sold in the streets. “Besides ascertaining their quality with the Ministry of health, we urge you to take necessary precaution to maintain their level of hygiene”
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Meanwhile, the government has embarked on the closure of some quarantine facilities.
Kagwe said they had agreed to release those who have tested negative.
His sentiments were echoed by the Acting Director-General Public Health Dr Patrick Amoth who said facilities including Panari Hotel, MTC in Karen and Lantana hotel will also be closed by end of the day.
Kenyans have also been advised against wearing gloves because they are not effective and provide a false sense of security.
“Thoroughly washing of hands for at least 20 seconds remains the best defense against COVID-19” says Amoth.