The Ministry of Health (MoH) has urged Kenyans to consider wearing face masks in public spaces beginning immediately in a bid to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
While addressing the press on Monday, June 20, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe said Kenyans in confined places such as PSVs, aircraft, 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," Kagwe said.
Kagwe said the request was necessitated by the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
"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.
Kagwe urges Kenyans to get vaccinated
The CS said the weekly positivity rate has gone up from 0.6 per cent at the beginning of May to 10.4 per cent this week.
Further, Kagwe urged members of the public to go for vaccination.
"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.
Kagwe said the steady increase in infections is likely to get worse in the coming weeks.
"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," he added.