100 linked to Italy-based priest with coronavirus

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 00:00 |
Rome-based priest Father Richard Oduor interacts with residents and faithful in various functions in Siaya. Photo/PD/FILE

Eric Juma

More than 100 people who came into contact with Rome-based priest Richard Oduor, who has tested positive for Covid-19, presented themselves for testing at various health centres in Siaya county yesterday.

The hundred include people who interacted with five priests who met with Oduor, Migori and Siaya-based nuns, 14 members of the priest’s immediate family, 20 members of the family of the nun whose mother’s funeral the priest presided over in Ambira village in Siaya county and 16 neighbours of the nun’s family.

Consequently, the specimens of seven people were taken to the Kemri/CDC centre for detailed analysis.

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga appealed to anyone who may have interacted with the priests to call the toll free number for assistance.

“As we wait for test results of the seven people, we want to plead with those who came into contact with the priests not to panic but to call a hotline number provided to ease contact tracing and get necessary health reviews,” said Rasanga.

Takeaway services

“We would like to join the national government in enforcing bans that aim at mitigating spread of coronavirus,” said Rasanga.

He added that restaurants will remain open but will only be allowed to offer takeaway services while all public vehicles must adhere to the directive on the number of passengers.

“We have medical staff who are equipped to handle patients affected by virus and so far, Bondo KMTC structures, hospital serve as quarantine centres,” said the governor.

Yesterday, County Police Commandant Francis Kooli led police in enforcing the government’s directives in Siaya town and its environs. 

Boda-boda stages were allowed only four riders every two hours while market traders were doing their businesses in shifts.

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