COVID-19: Kilifi County bans boda-boda transport

Boda boda riders waiting for clients photo:file

Kilifi county government on Monday escalated safety measures in curbing spread of the coronavirus, and banned boda-boda passenger services within the county.

Kilifi County Coronavirus Emergency Response Team, said in a statement to newsrooms that boda-boda services would only be allowed to ferry cargo and for courier services but not people.

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“All boda-boda passenger services are banned forthwith as they pose a challenge in implementing social distancing between the boda-boda rider and the passenger thus posing a great risk of transmission of the virus,” the statement read in part.

“Tuktuks in the county will be required to carry only one passenger at a time and maintain set standards of hygiene,” the statement read.

The county also ordered the immediate closure of wholesale and retail shops dealing in non-essential items and allowed only those dealing in essential services, but with strict instructions that they maintain high hygienic standards.

Kilifi county is among other counties across the country that have taken a raft of measures which also included asking public hospitals within the county to discharge with no costs, all stable patients admitted, in a move to de-congest the hospitals

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In Kwale the same measures were taken including closure for 30 days, of all public markets.

Elsewhere in Machakos county, boda-boda and tuktuk transport was banned with the county announcing it would start restricting movement of people from this Wednesday.

On Monday the number of infections in the country increased by one case to 16.