With the number of coronavirus cases having increased to 15, newspapers on Monday, March 23, spell out new and more strict measures the government has put in place to ensure that no more imported cases are reported.
The dailies further paint the church as the weak link in the fight against coronavirus since some religious leaders continue to preach in defiance and putting their flock at risk of contracting the virus.
1. People Daily
The daily lists down all places Kilifi deputy governor Gideon Saburi, who tested positive for coronavirus, visited after he jetted back from Europe.
Saburi returned from Amsterdam on March 6.
The following day (March 7) he was in a meeting with Kilifi MCAs at Royal Hotel in Mazeras, Rabai.
After breakfast with MCAs, he proceeded to a funeral.
On March 17, he accompanied his driver to Karama Mbuzi, Majengo in Mombasa where they feasted on ugali and mishkaki.
Saburi was spotted in a night club in Bamburi on March 19 where he had a good time with revellers.
On March 20, alongside his driver, the duo had refreshments at Cafessarie in Mombasa within Nyali.
2. Taifa Leo
The Swahili daily reports that police were on Sunday, March 22, engaged in running battles with traders at Kisumu’s Kibuye market as they (police) tried to disperse them from the trading centre to prevent spread of coronavirus.
Police also scattered believers at Jesus Celebration Center (JCC) in Bamburi, Mombasa after worshippers gathered for a church service.
During his address on Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe banned all church gatherings, limited burial to 15 people and also suspended weddings.
Meanwhile, private guards have pleaded with the government to equip them with protective gear so that they may be protected from coronavirus.
3. The Star
The daily lays bare the experience of about 120 Kenyan students that have for the past three months been stuck in China’s Wuhan city, which is the epicentre of coronavirus.
One of these students is Nelson Odiwour, 25, an alumnus of Kenyatta University who arrived in China in December 2019.
Odiwour said when the virus broke out, most learners were not aware and only got alarmed after authorities suspended public transport vehicles and flights.
The youngster said that they survived on nodules until Nairobi started providing pocket money and food through its embassy in Beijing.
4. The Standard
Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has been described as an agent of death and as a man who has risked lives of millions of Kenyans by not undergoing self-quarantine after travelling from Europe.
The church is another agent of death since most of them remained open on Sunday and worshippers streamed in for prayers oblivious of the danger staring at them.
5. Daily Nation
Daily Nation also places the church on the spot for being wreckless and throwing common sense and coronavirus protective measures to the wind.
The newspaper paints the experience of South Korea where most of the country’s coronavirus cases are traced to ‘patient 31’ – a 61 -year-old woman- who attended two church services even after testing positive.
According to the daily, Kenyas experience may not be very different from South Korea where deaths spiked after patient 31 infected scores in churches if citizens don’t change their behaviours.