State Announces Return of Mandatory Wearing of Masks
The Ministry of Health has announced return of wearing of masks, amidst a surging increase in covid-19 infections. The ministry urged Kenyans to prioritise wearing facemasks and vaccination even as the cold season nears.
According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, the continued upsurge in infections is a very big concern to the ministry of health.
Kagwe maintained that Kenyans in confined places like Public Service Vehicles, aircrafts, public offices, supermarkets and places of worship will have to wear masks.
“Political indoor meetings are super-spreaders events. We also require worshippers to wear face masks when inside places of worship to contain the virus,” said Kagwe.
He warned of an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country as the country moves into the cold season.
The cs noted that the weekly average has gone up from 0.6 per cent at the beginning of May to 10.4 per cent this week.
“The sharp rise in infections should mean something to our country and we must once again take steps to prevent a slide into a crisis like the one we experienced in 2020 and 2021 when we lost many lives and resources,” Kagwe said.
Further, Kagwe appealed for immediate vaccination to those yet to receive the jab saying that all Kenyans should take necessary precautions.
“Those who have not been vaccinated should do so immediately. Those who have been vaccinated and need a booster shot should do so immediately,” Kagwe noted.
The increase in cases is so far not associated with increased hospitalisations. The majority of cases are under the home-based care program.
Kagwe warned of a possibility of the steady increase in infections getting worse in the coming weeks due to the cold weather.
“It is important for us to appreciate that we are faced with a number of challenges that are going to affect these numbers. The first one is that we are in a political season where everybody is out there in the open, many gatherings continuously at all times.”