The government has reviewed containment measures for COVID-19 in 13 counties in Western Kenya as the numbers of people infected with COVID-19 increases.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that the in the 13 counties will begin at 7 pm and end at 4 am.
Counties that will be affected by the reviewed measures are Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori. This takes effect from Friday, June 18, 2021, until further notice.
The positivity rate of 21% against a national average of 9% over the last 14 days in the 13 counties.
“Over the last 14 days infections in the Counties of Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori constituted 60% of the national caseload,” said CS Kagwe.
The movement in and out of the region will remain restricted unless for emergency and essential purposes.
All forms of physical gatherings including at places of worship in the 13 counties have also been suspended for 30 days.
The government has also suspended the weekly non-food and livestock markets in the hotspot zone for 30 days.
Funerals will also be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death.
It has further been ordered that all funerals and interment ceremonies within the Hotspot The attendees for funerals within the hotspot zone have been capped to a maximum of 50 persons while only a maximum of 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings and any other traditional ceremonies.
“That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice,” read the statement from the Health CS.
By Oyominto TV Reporter