Kenya has put in place stringent measures on its borders with Tanzania in the wake of a sharp spike in COVID-19 infections in the neighboring country. Measures will see Kenyans entering the country from Tanzania undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine at the port of entry before being allowed in. They will also be forced to undergo a compulsory Corona testing to be declared safe to enter the country. Dr. Francis Kuria, Director in-charge of Public Health at the ministry advised Kenyas, especially traders to avoid unnecessary travel to Tanzania. “We are asking Kenyans in Tanzania to seek informed advice about the disease,” he said during an interview with Milele FM. Dr. Kuria confirmed that the government had deployed more health officers to Namanga and Lunga Lunga border towns. “We are alert. We have heightened surveillance at the border to avoid any further imported infections. We have also advised Kenyans in general to avoid unnecessary travel to Tanzania,” he said. Enhanced surveillance measures at the border with Tanzania came as the country recorded 10 more deaths to the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,837. Another 194 people also tested positive out of 3,935 samples in 24 hours. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said from the cases, 146 are Kenyas while 48 are foreigners, 108 males and 86 females tested positive.

Written by George Kebaso