Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has hinted at shutting down the once glowing Mombasa tourist destination, Old town.
The governor said it has been very challenging for locals within the area to observe health and safety measures in a bid to tame Coronavirus in the county.
Joho said the Mji wa kale area has become the epicenter of Covid-19 and the county health department is not taking any chances.
Joho noted that the cultural set-up of the families living in Old town has proved to be an obstacle in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in the county.
“In most cases locals in the area eat together, seats and discuss on various issues together and they must change the habit or else we will lock them down,” he noted.
According to Joho, Mombasa residents must change their ways of living so that they do not contract the disease.
“We are currently conducting mass testing in the area, if the results remain shocking, we will have no option but to bar Old town residents from leaving their houses,” he said.
The County Chief blamed locals for hiding people suspected to be Covid-19 positive in the area.
“Our surveillance team will pick locals suspected to have come into contact with Coronavirus patients and put them under quarantine,” said Joho.
According to the Mombasa governor, Old town residents should abide by health and safety measures in a bid to combat Coronavirus disease or they be forced to observe them.
Joho says he is currently in talks with the national government to implement the move.
Among the 11 Covid-19 deaths reported in Mombasa county, six are from Old town.