The Embu County Security Committee has raised the red flag over rising cases of Covid-19 occasioned by a breach of restrictions measures by members of the public.
Committee Chair and also area County Commissioner, Abdullahi Galgalo, complained that many people had become lax in dutifully following up with the Covid-19 dos and don’ts thus causing a spike in the infections rate.
Though he did not give figures on the new infection cases, the County Commissioner said in the last one week over 50 people had been arrested and arraigned before court for contravening the protocols especially with regard to wearing of masks.
Speaking today at his office compound after a meeting with the security team, the CC said going forward, security officers will be on the lookout to ensure the health protocols are adhered to and those violating face the law.
“It is our responsibility to follow the Ministry of Health protocols to keep the virus at bay. Let those contravening the laid down protocols be warned that we will apprehend them,” Galgalo warned.
He also took issue with boda boda operators whom he said are notorious in breaking curfew rules and directed the County Police Commander to ensure law enforcement is enhanced.
He said that churches were also on their radar as they have been violating rules including limited entry, social distancing and wearing masks at all times.
“Places of worship are the last places we want to use force, but we will not shy away from doing so if they do not obey,” warned the County Commissioner.
He at the same time denied claims by some politicians that all the mortuaries in the county were full with no space left due to Covid-19 related deaths.
Last week, Manyatta MP John Muchiri alleged that, Embu residents were seeking morgue services in neighboring Counties as mortuaries in Embu were full to capacity.
County Director of Public Health, Rosaline Kaugi said, the rising cases in Covid-19 infections could also be attributed to the cold weather being experienced and catering services in funerals and family gatherings.
“We have realized that when people feed at funerals and home parties, there is a tendency of forgetting to keep distance and also wear masks once they are done,” Ms. Kaugi noted.