Oparanya Shuts Down Mortuaries, Bans Weddings Over Covid-19

  • From left: Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Council of Governor chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba address the press in Nairobi on December 16, 2019.
    From left: Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Council of Governor chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba address the press in Nairobi on December 16, 2019.
  • Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Monday, March 16, announced the closure all mortuaries for a period of 30 days.

    Following the new directive, anyone who dies within the county is to be buried on the same day to avoid the gathering of mourners.

    Oparanya further asked any residents who had the bodies of the loved ones in the government morgue to urgently collect them free of charge.

    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya addressing the media on March 16, 2020.
    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya addressing the media on March 16, 2020.
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    The county government also ordered the closure of all open-air markets to minimise contact in a bid to combat the coronavirus.

    The Council of Governors (CoG) chairman also ordered the total ban of weddings until further notice, adding that all nightclubs would observe an 11 p.m curfew.

    He went on to announce that he would be providing updates regarding the deadly virus after every 48 hours.

    Oparanya's latest directive comes a day after the national government confirmed two more cases of Coronavirus in Kenya, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya to three.

    Speaking from outside his Harambee House office on March 15, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued directives the government would be enforcing in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

    Among other things, the president announced that learning in all institutions in the country was suspended.

    "We have suspended learning in all our institutions with immediate effect," he declared.

    He also urged Kenyans to avoid social gatherings such as weddings, advising that funeral services should only invlolve close family members until further notice.

    A photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing an address at Harambee House on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing an address at Harambee House on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
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