Mombasa bans public gatherings over new COVID-19 variant

A health worker taking a sample for COVID-19 test./FILE

All public gatherings in Mombasa County have been suspended.

County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the move comes after a surge of COVID-19 cases in Mombasa.

Kitiyo said the Mombasa County Corona Emergency Response Committee has banned all public rallies as one way to deal with the spread of the disease.

He said it is worrying that there has been an increase in the spread of the virus as well as a high number of deaths from COVID-19 as the country grapples with a new variant.

“All gatherings have been banned in Mombasa County.  Places of worship must also adhere to M.O.H guidelines”, he added.

Kitiyo ordered the places of worship to follow to the latter all Ministry of Health’s regulations on the number of congregants and maintaining social distance.

He also advises against home medication for COVID-19 patients.

“We hear that some people have opened small wards in their homes offering oxygen services to COVID-19 patients. They should know that is also banned”, stated Kitiyo.

This comes as Mombasa County is facing shortage of oxygen and beds for COVID-19 patients.

Additional editing by Joyce Jura