Covid-19 cases in Kenya have recently been on the rise with fourteen (14) more cases leading to a total of one hundred and seventy-two(172). The Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has gazetted new regulations which will require your employer or your land lord to report suspected cases of covid-19 in their places of work or residence. They are advised to report suspected cases to the nearest Public Health Officer or Medical Practitioner so that they can get treatment. This new rule is part of the bigger Public Health Rules of 2020.
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The fine for going against the new rule is a fine of ksh 20,000 or get incarcerated for six months. The government also plans on using the newspapers to make public areas infected and regulations for such identified areas. Health officers have been given the authority to quarantine patients and trace the people who may have been in contact with the patient. Additionally, they have also been allowed to search premises of covid-19 suspects. If such residence is found contaminated it is moved straight to isolation. Health officers are allowed to inspect residences of the infected patients and also quarantine the people who may have been in contact with the patient at the time of infection.
If a residence is found to be infected its either decontaminated and evacuated for isolation.
The Health Cabinet Secretary is already pushing for controlled lockdowns in areas that have been majorly affected.The government is positive that the new measures might help reduce the number of covid-19 cases in Kenya.As the battle against COVID-19 rages on the COVID-19 Emergency Board is appealing for donations to aid in the fight against the novel virus, CORONA.