Mandera Governor Orders Lockdown After 2 Test Positive for Covid-19

  • Mandera Governor Ali Roba speaking on February 14, 2020.
    Mandera Governor Ali Roba speaking on February 14, 2020.
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  • Mandera Governor Ali Roba, on Thursday, April 9 ordered a lockdown in his county.

    This is after over 30 residents were quarantined following the revelation that 2 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19.

    "Countries that have succeeded in this fight against coronavirus are those that practiced early lockdowns to restrict spread.

    "Covid-19 doesn't spread by itself but spreads through the movement of people, as such, we have been left with no choice but to order a lockdown within the county," reads an excerpt from his statement.

    Mandera Governor Ali Roba (centre) and members of the county's medical team are pictured at the Mandera County Referral Hospital on April 1, 2020.
    Mandera Governor Ali Roba (centre) and members of the county's medical team are pictured at the Mandera County Referral Hospital on April 1, 2020.
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    The governor then went on to appeal that the National Government avails testing facilities to his county to enable him to contain the spread of the virus, Daily Nation reported.

    "Today, I hereby direct that, following the two positive cases of Covid-19 reported in Mandera, and in line with recommended best practices of controlling the spread of Coronavirus, we do not want to expose our staff who are not in the essential services category.

    I consequently direct that they work from home and stay safe," he added.

    "All public transport except those transporting food must be stopped with immediate effect that includes inter-ward, inter-sub county and movement between villages," the governor's statement further reads.

    On April 7, the Mandera governor confirmed two cases of the Covid-19 disease in the county.

    He further narrated that the two siblings returned from Europe and stayed in Kilifi before proceeding to the county.

    "On April 5, at around 11.03 a.m., a call came through our county hotline from a private health facility, indicating the presence of two persons with flu-like symptoms and fever. Our response team picked up the persons and isolated them at the Mandera County Referral Hospital (MCRH) isolation facility," the governor said.

    A medical personnel holding a Covid-19 virus test kit.
    File image of a Covid-19 testing kit.
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