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Open-Air Markets In Bomet County Closed Down In Efforts To Curb COVID-19 Pandemic Spread

In efforts to tame the rising cases for COVID-19 global pandemic, Bomet County administration has ordered closure for all markets.

Announcing the move, the County boss Governor Hillary Barchok noted that in as much as the move will hurt the economy, it's aimed at saving lives.

The decision will help reduce overcrowding, that makes it impossible for the public to observe the social distancing policy. Among the affected markets are Mulot, Kapkwen, Kapkoros, Chebunyo, and Sibilwet.

It is estimated that the closure will trigger revenue losses close to Sh0.5 million weekly for Bomet County government. According to Barchok, several people gathering at the market places flouted the set regulations among them social distance.

The governor has called upon the law enforcers to fully push people to ensure compliance with the set regulations, especially on matatu operators.

"There is need to act tough so that local operators can carry the required number of passengers...," noted Barchok. Bomet County has so far reported 37 infections among them three fatalities, and whereby the majority are reportedly asymptomatic.

Out of that, at least ten are medics who got infected while attending to the patients. Over 200 contact persons have since been traced and awaiting testing.

The County has also established an isolation centre that carries at least 200 beds.

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Barchok Bomet County Hillary Barchok Kapkwen Mulot

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