The County government of Nyamira has issued an order for all mortuaries, markets and social gatherings closed for 30 days as the Corona virus disease (COVID-19) throws the country into more panic.
In a circular sent to newsrooms Thursday, Governor John Nyagarama noted that he took the drastic action owing to the rising of the COVID-19 cases in the Country from the previously four announced by President Kenyatta on Sunday to Seven (7) on Wednesday.
“You are aware the situation of Corona virus pandemic continues to evolve every day and yesterday, the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed an increase of the cases in our country to seven. This call for more stringent measures for the wellbeing of all of us”, he said.
In addition to the Control measures that I directed to be observed in the County, I further direct that all open-air markets within our County to immediately close down for the period of 30 days.
All mortuaries within Nyamira County are hereby closed with immediate effect for the next 30 days and bodies currently lying in the facilities be released to their kin within 24 hours for the date and time of this directive”, added Nyagarama.
The directive also affected new deaths where the governor ordered that the bodies must be interred with 24 hours from the day of occurrence, which he said will be facilitated by his government.
Among the affected sectors is hawking and businesses by the roadside, overnight funeral vigils, which are common among the Gusii Culture, bars and restaurants, churches and weddings for the next 30 days.
“The government will remain vigilant of the prevailing situation and will continue to issue updates and further directives as the conditions unfolds, in an effort to safeguard our people”, said Nyagarama.
This comes moments after Governors from the North Rift economic bloc and those from Western region issued similar orders.
Kenya has since confirmed seven (7) COVID-19 cases in the Country since the first one was recorded last week.
No case has been recorded outside Nairobi County yet.