In a bid to tame the spread of Coronavirus in the country, Taita Taveta County has closed Taveta -Tanzania border.
According to Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, the porous border poses major health risk not only in the County but countrywide.
Ms Mlagui said locals living near the border will be screened to discard the fear among them over the global Coronavirus health threat.
Mlagui admitted that locals are living in fear over the virus and urged them to cooperate with the county government to prevent the virus.
“Apart from barring locals from crossing the border to conduct their activities in neighbouring country Tanzania, all bodaboda operators will undergo a mandatory screening,” added the Deputy Governor.
She urged locals to observe precautionary measures provided Health ministry.
“We should all observe all the laid down health precautionary measures among them regularly washing hands with soap and observing general hygiene,” insisted Ms Mlagui.
The county has been conducting a serious health inspection in all health facilities, social amenities among other densely populated areas to ensure there is total observance of hygiene, to avert the Coronavirus.
Meanwhile Taita Taveta County Police Commandant Said Kiprotich has warned those spreading alarming information about the virus that they will be punished.
Kiprotich also appealed to locals to adhere to the health guidelines provided by the ministry of health.
“Don’t be cheated that the courts are closed, we will charge you for propagating lies about Coronavirus,” revealed Mr. Kiprotich.
The sentiments come amid confirmation of fourth COVID-19 case in the country by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday.