COVID-19:Mombasa shuts down salons and barbershops

A lady getting her hair done. Mombasa County government has shut down all salons and barbershops to mitigate coronavirus spread./COURTESY

All salons and barbershops in Mombasa have been shut down in a move to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus which has so far claimed the lives of more than 16,000 people globally.

A statement sent to newsrooms,following a Monday meeting by the Mombasa County Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19, says that anyone with flu like symptoms should not board the ferry.

“The following are measures to be observed by ferry users: hand washing and use of handkerchiefs or a piece of cloth for covering nose and mouth,” read the statement in part.

The committee also resolved that matatus, tuk tuks, boda-bodas and hawkers to be moved away from parking stations around the ferry to create space for crowd management.

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All private hospitals will also be needed to set aside a number of beds for COVID-19 patients.

“Sensitization of community members should be done per sub-county,” read the statement.

The County government has urged residents to abide the National and County Governments directives.

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One more person tested positive for the virus totaling the number of confirmed cases in the country to 16.

Out of the 16 cases, one, a French national, is at Msambweni hospital in critical condition.

The government has traced 646 persons who had come into close contact with confirmed cases. 96 have been released after a 14-day follow up period, 550 remaining on follow up list.

11 more people are admitted at Mbagathi hospital in Nairobi awaiting results.

Globally, at least 101,371 people who had contracted COVID-19 have recovered from the disease, out of the 372,557 infected.

Data shows the number of active cases (those who still have the virus) are 254,873 out of which 12,192 are in serious or critical condition.

The number of closed cases is 117,684 out of which 101,371 recovered while 16,313 died from the virus.

Italy, which is the worst hit reported 4,790 new cases of the virus and 602 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country now has a total of 63,298 cases and 6,078 deaths.