Coronavirus Kenya: Passengers disguise as mourners; carry empty coffin to beat lockdown

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HOMA BAY- Authorities in Homa Bay County on Saturday arrested a group of 9 people with an empty coffin disguising as mourners in order to beat the lockdown.

Travelling in a private vehicle, the group traveled from Nairobi to Homa Bay County where they claimed they were going to attend a funeral.

Their plan however backfired when authorities in Homa Bay became suspicious and opened the coffin only to find that it was empty.

Two weeks ago, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus “infected areas”, including the capital, Nairobi, but the order is grossly violated by crafty drivers.

Upon arrest the culprits were immediately put in quarantine and tested only to find that one of them was positive.

Speaking about the incident, Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said such irresponsible people are rolling back governments efforts to fight coronavirus and enforcements will deal with them.

16 more new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in only 24 hours in Kenya on Saturday, raising the country’s tally to 262.

The positive case among the crafty passengers became the first to be registered in Homa Bay County.

CS Kagwe said until and unless Kenyans become self-disciplined, coronavirus will finish them off.

The death toll due to coronavirus in Kenya stands at 12, while 7 were discharged after recovery on Saturday raising the number of patients discharged to 60.

“This is what we are talking about; somebody has now exported the disease to Homa Bay. Why? For selfish reasons! I am told there were responsible people in that vehicle” he lamented.

He said he has information that crafty Matatu operators are still ferrying passengers in and out of Nairobi. As they approach the roadblock, passengers pay, disembark, walk across the roadblock, and hike another vehicle waiting after the roadblock according to Kagwe.

CS Kagwe appealed to the public in Nairobi who identify non-residents of the city to report them to authorities because they are killers.

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