Covid-19 restrictions: Ruto postpones public engagements

In Summary

• This comes in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the country that has been fueled by the Delta variant.

• In the new Covid-19 containment guidelines issued on Friday, all public gatherings including political rallies are suspended, as well as intergovernmental meetings.

Deputy President William Ruto at a prayer meeting with Taita Taveta Church leaders led by Bishop Liverson Mng'oda of ACK Taita Taveta Diocese on September 2, 2020.
Deputy President William Ruto at a prayer meeting with Taita Taveta Church leaders led by Bishop Liverson Mng'oda of ACK Taita Taveta Diocese on September 2, 2020.
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Deputy President William Ruto has on Friday announced that he is postponing all his scheduled public engagements until further notice.

This comes in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the country that has been fueled by the Delta variant.

"The Covid 19 situation in the country has escalated as stated by GoK this afternoon. My scheduled public engagements are hereby postponed until further notice," Ruto said.

In the new Covid-19 containment guidelines issued on Friday, all public gatherings including political rallies are suspended, as well as intergovernmental meetings.

"We all should take individual responsibility and adhere to guidelines issued so as to control this ravaging pandemic," Ruto advised the public.

During a press briefing on Friday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe called on employers (private and public) to allow their employees to work from home until a new directive is given by the government.

"Unless they’re working in critical or essential areas," he said.

The government directed all teachers to present themselves for vaccination after learning resumed across the country for all institutions for the first time since the pandemic began.

Kagwe said all places of worship should adhere to the one-third directive given earlier and also ensure social distancing is maintained.

The CS has also warned Kenyans against self medicating and should instead seek professional services.

Kenyans who exhibit symptoms of respiratory infections have been advised against over the counter purchase of drugs.

With the rising cases, some Kenyans are resorting to self-medicating instead of seeking medical attention from health facilities, something the Kagwe has termed dangerous as it has led to the loss of lives in the country.

“All healthcare workers are directed to use the recently revised Ministry of Health National Guidelines for the Case Management of suspected/confirmed Covid-19 patients,” Kagwe said.