Maanzoni lodge turned into quarantine zone for over 700 youth who illegally met there for conference
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has ordered that Maanzoni Lodge be turned into quarantine zone for at least 700 youth.
This is after the said youth were found congregating at the lodge for a conference against guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and the government.
The CS said the youth will be isolated at the facility that is in Machakos county until they have been tested for the killer Coronavirus.
The 700 will undergo the mandatory testing and those found to be free of the virus will be released.
“CS MUTAHI KAGWE declares Maanzoni Lodge a quarantine area. 720 youth found meeting at the facility, despite social distancing and congregating advisories from @MOH_Kenya. They will all be quarantined and tested before being released,” Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said.
CS MUTAHI KAGWE declares Maanzoni Lodge a quarantine area. 720 youth found meeting at the facility, despite social distancing and congregating advisories from @MOH_Kenya. They will all be quarantined and tested before being released.
— Spokesperson GoK (@SpokespersonGoK) March 31, 2020
However, should even one of them turn positive, the rest will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days to avoid spread of the virus.
The proprietor of the lodge was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for allowing the meeting to go own against the directive from the government.
So far Kenya has confirmed 59 Coronavirus cases, majority of them concentrated in Nairobi county.
The government has announced a raft of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, among them a dusk to dawn curfew across the country.
Kenyans have also been advised to stay at home and keep social distance to avoid further infections, something the 700 youth failed to adhere to.
The government projects that by May 2020, at least 10 Kenyans shall have contracted the killer virus.