The government has directed that SGR and all PSVs should limit the number of passengers as a measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. This comes after the total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 7, with more than 30 quarantined.
“If there is a moment in our country’s history where we need to embrace the Harambee spirit, it is today, it is now. Our actions this week, in particular, will determine whether we shall go into a full-blown crisis, with grave human and economic consequences or whether we shall limit the adverse impact of this disease, save lives and reduce the impact into our economy,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.
The CS said 14-seater vehicles (matatus) will be required to carry a maximum of 8 passengers while 25-seater vehicles will only carry 15 passengers. The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will do the same and reduce their passenger capacity to 60%.
He also directed all PSVs to maintain high levels of cleanliness, including cleaning their vehicles after every trip and providing hand sanitizers for passengers.
More than 10,000 people have now lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic, with the worst-hit countries being Italy, China and Iran. Italy alone has already lost more than 3,405 lives while China and Iran have lost 3,248 and 1,433 people.
The measures the Health Ministry is putting in place will play an integral role in reducing the spread of the virus, but only if these measures are adhered to by all parties involved.