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New rules: Bars to close by 7:30pm, matatus to carry less passengers

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has urged PSV operators to carry less passengers in the fight against the coronavirus.

“Fourteen seater matatus should carry eight passengers only,” he said.

Addressing the media on Friday, Kagwe said 25 seater PSVS should carry 15 passengers only.

A thirty-seater matatu and above should maintain 60 per cent seating capacity.

This also applies to the Standard Gauge Railway.

Kagwe said this is effective beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

NEW SUSPECTED CASES

He further noted that four more suspected cases have been admitted at Mbagathi Hospital.

“One case tested negative while the remaining three are awaiting results,” he said.

He noted that the government is following a case in Kilifi whose test are also running and are to be cleared by 7 am on Saturday.

Kagwe noted that the government is monitoring an additional seven people.

BARS CLOSED

He ordered that all entertainment areas, bars and social case are to close by 7.30pm every day effective Monday.

“During operational hours they are to define the maximum number of persons at any given time. The facilities are encouraged to introduce home delivery service to support this initiative.

Kagwe also ordered that all supermarkets limit the number of shoppers inside based on the size of the premises.

“They are to encourage home deliveries. They must also disinfect the facilities several times a day,” he said.

“We encourage them to open on a 24-hour basis. The government will provide security for the personnel.”

He said people have to go the supermarket one person at a time.

“Shopping should be restricted to one person. Open air market are high risk transmission environment,” he said.

“…the management are directed that the premises should be disinfected.”

Kagwe said the open air markets should ensure that goods are put on raised platforms.

The government has defined at least nine services which must remain in place in the event of a complete shutdown of the country if coronavirus infections spike.

All agencies offering services in the water, health, security, air traffic control and civil aviation, fire services, ports, financial and transport sectors are essential services and are not to downsize staff in any manner.

The Cabinet on Thursday discussed a possible shutdown but deferred any decision to impose a total lockdown on Nairobi or any part of Kenya even though preparations are in place.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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