As of Sunday midnight, all bars will remain closed, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday directed, during a press conference on the current standing of the nation regarding the coronavirus scourge.
Noting that a section of Kenyans had blatantly ignored directives to avoid social gatherings in a bid to curb infections, which now stand at eight, Kagwe also ordered the closure of all places of worship across the country until further notice.
Kagwe further called out the public transport sector, noting that orders issued on Friday, limiting the number of passengers allowed on vehicles, had been ignored, putting the entire country at risk.
UPDATE: Kenya confirms 8 more cases of Covid-19, total number now stands at 15.
All positive cases are between 20-57 years, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announces. pic.twitter.com/AT34cdJ4pO
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) March 22, 2020
In his Friday briefing, Kagwe ordered 14-seater matatus to carry a maximum of eight passengers, 25-seaters to carry a maximum of 15 passengers, while larger buses and trains were granted the 60 percent of their sitting capacities allowance.
In response to the shoot in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, Kagwe also directed the cancellation of all international flights, noting that only cargo flights would be allowed to operate under strict supervision.
He advised countries wishing to evacuate their citizens from Kenya to do so promptly before the borders were shut.
Further, the CS announced that anyone coming into the country in the next three days would be required to undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost in a government facility.