Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwa has confirmed the return of mandatory wearing of face masks in Matatus, supermarket, offices and places of worship.
The news comes at time when the Ministry of Health confirmed a spike in new cases of COVID-19 with Kenyans urged to beef up preventive measures.
On Monday, the country recorded a total of 252 new cases of the virus from a sample size of 1,993 which represents a positivity rate of 12.6%.
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“Today 252 people have tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 1,993 tested in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is now at 12.6%. A total of 18,589,484 vaccines have been administered across the country. Of these, 16,647,255 are doses administered to the adult population (18 years and above).” Said Ministry of Health.
In March, CS Mutahi Kagwe announced the relaxation of some of the measures in place including the mandatory wearing of masks in public places. He however warned Kenyans against lowering their guards saying that the virus is still with us.
Now being a cold season, the CS noted that the spread of the virus is on the rise which is further influenced by the sudden drop in temperature.
Kagwe continued by saying that wearing of mask is optional when people are in close proximity but mandatory in closed spaces that is in supermarkets, offices, PSV and places of worship.