Siaya County government suspends tax collection for 30 days over corona virus

Siaya County government suspends tax collection for  30 days over corona virus

Siaya County government has suspended the collection of taxes from traders for the next 30 days over the new coronavirus pandemic.

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga said that the county’s revenue department will not collect taxes from traders for the next 30 days, adding that the suspension period may be extended.

Speaking while addressing the press in Siaya town, the governor said they will continue to review more areas where members of the public will be having difficulties and advise accordingly.

Also suspended are the bus parking fees and single business permits owing to the fact that public service vehicles are carrying fewer and fewer passengers.

Rasanga has however implored the traders and the entire community of Siaya County to continue adhering to the government directives on prevention of COVID-19, noting that they must ensure they observe personal hygiene at all costs.

At the same time, he called on the members of the public to observe the newly imposed curfew saying it is key in limiting the spread of the new coronavirus.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe  announced  7 new positive cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 38.

Speaking at Afya House during a press address on Saturday, CS Kagwe said the new COVID-19 infections were part of 81 suspected cases tested at various laboratories in the country within the past 24 hours.

The 7 new cases, all of which he said were recorded in Nairobi County, include three females and 4 males. They are composed of 4 Kenyans, 2 Congolese nationals and 1 Chinese national.

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