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Makueni bars truck drivers without Covid-19 papers

Tuesday June 30 2020
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Long distance truck drivers are among the high risk groups for Covid-19. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PIUS MAUNDU

Makueni County has banned truck drivers who are not declared free of Covid-19 from driving through the county.

Makueni Commissioner Mohammed Maalim and Govenor Kivutha Kibwana Tuesday moved to enforce a Ministry of Health rule requiring truck drivers to test for Covid-19 before embarking on their trips.

"No truck driver will be allowed into Makueni County unless they possess a Covid-19 free certificate. All those without this certificate will be turned back to their point of origin," Mr Maalim said at a joint press conference with Prof Kibwana.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has required all truck drivers and transport companies to ensure that truck drivers take the Covid-19 test at their point of origin, at least 48 hours before they commence their journeys.

This, he said recently in Machakos town, is to ensure the truck crew are certified as Covid-19 free or isolated for management.

The move, Mr Maalim said, is meant to slow down the spread of Covid-19 in the county which is served by more than 240 kilometers of the highway.

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Anxiety gripped the county over the weekend following a jump in Covid-19 cases confirmed along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

Testing of hotel workers seeking or renewing licences returned 10 positive cases in five markets along the busy highways at the weekend, sparking fears of more cases of the respiratory disease lurking in the region undetected.

The affected restaurants are located at Kibwezi, Kiunduani, Makindu, Kiboko, Emali and Sultan Hamud townships.

"We continue to remind our people that movement into and out of Mombasa and Nairobi is restricted and therefore those sneaking into the county from these places will be dealt with as per the law," Prof Kibwana said.

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