Additional Restrictions as 9 More People Test Positive for COVID-19
Esther Macharia  |  Mar 25, 2020

Today flags off additional restrictions as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country increased by 9 to a total of 25, as reported on Tuesday.

The measures, according to the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, are partly due to Kenyans failing to comply with the government-placed social distancing measures announced two weeks ago.

Schools, bars and entertainment spots will remain closed and all eateries can only offer takeaway services.

The transport sector has also been affected, with all public transportation being required to reduce passenger loads to 40% of their carrying capacity.

This has forced many matatu operators to increase fares.

Kagwe confirmed an additional 9 cases that tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, comprised of 7 Kenyans and 2 foreigners. The locals were from Kilifi, Nairobi and Kwale counties.

The number of individuals whose condition is being monitored in the country is 745, 98 of whom have been discharged. The testing rate is foreseen to accelerate after Chinese tycoon Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, donated 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 protective gear to the country on Tuesday.