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Beer-lockdown as Lenku closes bars, nightclubs over Coronavirus

Governor Joseph Lenku chairs intergovernmental county meeting that ruled on the closure of all bars. PHOTO - GPS

Governor Joseph Lenku on Tuesday evening closed down all night clubs, beer outlets and urban open-air markets in Kajiado County with immediate effect.

At the same time, Lenku ordered all the defined markets to provide handwashing facilities at their entries.

Subsequently, in a statement to newsrooms Lenku also ordered all public service vehicles to provide sanitisers to passengers.

Governor Lenku said the decision to close the bars and nightclubs operating in the county was reached in an intergovernmental meeting he held with members of his cabinet, county assembly leadership, and the county security team.

“All the beer outlets will be closed as instructed until further notice. This is one of the ways to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Lenku.

He said all government hospital visits will be restricted to the public until further notice.

“I have also ordered for the public awareness campaign on the spread of Coronavirus to take place immediately across the region. We have also designated six ambulances to be available at all times,” said Lenku.

The governor also said his government has heightened surveillance at all international borders with the country in Loitokitok, Namanga, and Shompole, near Lake Natron on the Tanzania side.

“To mitigate the spread of the virus that was discovered in a person who is resident of Kajiado, my government has trained 150 health workers in all the health facilities, and hopes to target 1,200,” said the governor.

Established isolation centres for Coronavirus victims, Lenku said, are in Kajiado county referral hospital, Kitengela sub-county hospital and Olekasasi health centre.

Others, he said are to be opened in Loitokitok and Namanga.

He gave telephone hotlines for the county as 0745 74 89 91, 0789 33 63 16 and 0758 72 19 86.

 

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