The government has warned of more strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amidst “continued laxity” from most Kenyans.
On Tuesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe raised concerns over an upsurge in infections that have surpassed the 535 marks after 45 more tested positive.
“The government will announce more measures this week because the situation is worrying,” he said.
Kagwe said he was concerned over the manner in which people were behaving in public places ignoring the dangers posed by the COVID-19 disease that continues to spread in the country and across the world.
He said that Kenyans continue to visit hotels and other public places without wearing masks.
The cases in Kenya have continued to rise after the government started Mass Testing where Eastleigh estate in Nairobi recorded 29 cases joining Kawangware in Nairobi which has 24 cases and Old Town in Mombasa which has 39 cases as hotspots.
“That tells you that there is community spreading happening in those areas. We are in the process of consultations with the respective authorities in those counties so that we can determine what action we are going to take.”
He said that due to the laxity to obey public health regulations security forces will strictly enforce the law and have warned hotel and restaurant operators that their licenses will be revoked permanently if they continue to violate the law.
“Nothing is as it used to be, and I cannot promise you that we are going to change this in the very near future. But I can tell you, they will eventually get better.”