Commuters showing COVID-19 symptoms banned from using ferries in Mombasa


Commuters showing COVID-19 symptoms banned from using ferries in Mombasa

Commuters showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 will not be allowed to board ferries in Mombasa, the  County Emergency Response Committee on coronavirus has announced.

The committee led by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo further announced that beginning Wednesday, March 25 all those boarding ferries must put on face masks or cover their mouth and nose with a piece of clothing.

“Any person with symptoms of coronavirus must avoid using the ferries and instead seek medical attention in the nearest health facility,” said the county commissioner.

Every commuter will also be required to wash their hands with soap.

However, even as the committee says social distancing will be observed in the ferry crowded scenes were witnessed on Wednesday morning as commuters moved boarded the ferry.

Ferry operations, which is a key service for most residents of the Coastal region, has remained a major area of concern amid the rising cases of coronavirus infections in the country.

Many have expressed worry over the high infection risk the ferry commuters face, even as calls mount for suspension of the ferry services.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 25 on Tuesday, March 24 with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe saying the cases are spread out in four counties; Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.

 

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