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40 arraigned for flouting Covid-19 rules

Over 40 people who were nabbed in various parts of Narok County during a swoop conducted on Thursday night were fined Sh. 5, 000 each or serve two months imprisonment by a Narok court.

The 40 who included men and women appeared before Chief Magistrate George Wakahiu charged with failure to observe Covid-19 regulations including failure to wear masks and contravening curfew hours.

The court heard that police on patrol arrested them on the nights of May 20 and 21 in Narok town and other parts of Narok County.

They had pleaded guilty of the offence and pleaded with the court to forgive them.

In sentencing the accused persons, Mr. Wakahiu voiced concerns that cases of people violating the laid down Covid-19 regulations was increasing by day, saying there was need for the residents to observe the laid down protocols in order to save lives.

He called on residents to follow guidelines set by the department of health, such as wearing masks, washing of hands or sanitizing and social distancing among others to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The government has also imposed a 10:00pm to 4:00Am curfew to help stem the spread of the pandemic.

Since the disease was first reported in the county in June 2020, the county has reported 646 cases of Covid-19 positive cases and 29 deaths.

At the same time, Narok County has so far vaccinated 6,826 people against the Covid- 19 pandemic since the beginning of the vaccination exercise early in the month of March.

By Mabel Keya– Shikuku

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