Coronavirus: Travellers ferry empty coffin from Nairobi to Homa Bay to evade arrest
- Travellers ferried an empty coffin from Nairobi to Homa Bay county
- They ferried the empty coffin with the pretence that they were going for a funeral, to evade arrest by security officials manning roadblocks
- The government had earlier announced cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties as they were classified as COVID-19 hotspots
Cheeky travellers have ferried an empty coffin from Nairobi to Homa Bay county with the pretence that they were going for a funeral, to evade arrest by security officials manning roadblocks.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said he was informed about the incident by Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti who quarantined them and found the car driver to be COVID-19 positive.
In his daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday, April 18, the CS said the travellers did not comply with the restricted movement requirement and would face the full force of the law.
"We have noted there are people not complying with the restricted movement requirement in and out of counties. I want to caution truck and other drivers smuggling people from one restricted area to another. Enforcement agencies will deal with such issues,"
"The governor of Homa Bay informed me this morning of a group of people who travelled from Nairobi to Homa Bay in a private vehicle pretending they were attending a funeral. They were fully equipped with an empty coffin, but thanks to the administration there who took action after getting suspicious," the CS said.
Kagwe confirmed 16 new cases of the pandemic bringing the national tally to 262.
Out of the total cases, 60 had recovered while 12 others had succumbed to the deadly virus.
The government had earlier announced cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties as they were classified as COVID-19 hotspots.
"Fully conscious that 82% of Kenya's reported cases of COVID-19 have been in respect of residents from the Nairobi metropolitan area and 14% from Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi, the Ministry of Health has declared the counties as COVID-19 infected areas,"
"There shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area and the three other counties," President Uhuru Kenyatta had said on Monday, April 6.
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