Mombasa County Assembly has suspended sittings after three MCAs and one staff member tested positive for Covid-19.
Deputy speaker Fadhili Makarani confirmed the numbers saying that the 14 days might be extended to 21 days due to the surging numbers of Covid-19.
“We have three MCAs and a few staff who tested positive and that is why we decided to extend the recess because the whole place needs to be fumigated. People have been given two weeks to go for self-isolation,” said Makarani.
Speaking on the phone, Makarani said the tests are still ongoing and fumigation of the Assembly premises will also be done in line with the coronavirus containment protocols.
Makarani however did not give the identity of the individuals that have contracted the disease.
“I am not in denial that our people are at risk but we need to test them and if the situation gets worse, we will close the assembly,” said Makarani
He added that Covid-19, comes with a stigma, and thus, they did not want to raise alarm as they have few manageable numbers. He said that the county assembly leadership will take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone gets tested.
Public Health officials also said that they charge Sh2,000 per person if an institution requests for testing, but added that mass testing or contact tracing, is normally free.
Makarani had earlier said that they consulted the Ministry of Health and decided as leaders that people should be tested and in case of any positive cases, they will consult on the way forward.
According to Likoni MCA, Athman Mwamiri said that in case of confirmed cases, the House will have to be adjourned for 21 days.
Cases of confirmed positive coronavirus in Mombasa infections continue to rise in a trend that is causing increased anxiety.
Yesterday, 276 people tested positive for the virus from 2.126 samples tested in a period of 24 hours. Health Ministry says numbers rise to 49,997 as of yesterday.