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Breaking News: Govt reinstates mandatory wearing of face masks



By Judith Gicobi

As a containment step to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the nation, the government has restored the requirement that face masks be worn indoors.

The public would be obliged to wear face masks in confined spaces, such as PSVs, airplanes, offices, supermarkets, and places of worship, according to Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet Secretary, who spoke to the media on Monday.

“We have seen situations like in political indoor meetings where we are seeing super spreading of COVID-19… we also require worshippers to wear face masks when inside places of worship,” said Kagwe.

The CS urged Kenyans who have not received a vaccination to do so right away. “Those who have not been vaccinated should do so immediately. Those who have been vaccinated and need a booster shot should do so immidiately,” said Kagwe.

He added that any unvaccinated visitors entering Kenya through any port of entry will need to have a negative PCR test result obtained no earlier than 72 hours before leaving.

The action is being taken as Kenya fights the sixth COVID-19 wave.

The nation’s COVID-19 positivity rate on Sunday was 9.9% after 246 out of 2,484 individuals tested positive during the previous 24 hours.

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