Open-air markets in Kilifi suspended for 30 days

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Trader sells watermelons in an open-air market. Kilifi County has suspended all open-air markets for 30 days./COURTESY

Kilifi County government has suspended open air (non-stall) markets to help with the fight against COVID-19.

According to a notice Kilifi County Health CEC Charles Dadu Karisa, dated 5th May, open-air markets provide one of the opportunistic environments for COVID-19 infection.

“During the third wave we have tested a total of 5,349 of which 640 turned positive. We have 21 cases isolated in government facilities while 131 are on home isolation,” read the statement.

“In this third wave, we have lost 3 lives. The prevailing positivity rate is still above 10%,” it continues to read.

The County has urged residents to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 health protocols in order to flatten the curve.

The current number of cases in the County are higher by eight infections from Thursday infections.

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