William Ruto suspends public gatherings as Covid-19 cases soar

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has called off all his public meetings in the country following an escalation of Covi-19 cases.

In a tweet, Ruto said the scheduled public engagements remain suspended until further notice.

“The COVID-19 situation in the country has escalated as stated by the Government of Kenya. My scheduled public engagements are hereby postponed until further notice,” he announced.

The second in command was set for a two-day tour of Mt. Kenya East to popularize his presidential bid.

On Saturday, July 31, Ruto was scheduled to visit Tharaka Nithi county. On Sunday, he was to camp in Embu county to preside over fundraisings, attend church functions, hold roadside rallies, and then get a brief on a membership drive for the United Democratic Alliance.

The announcement came just a few hours after the Kenyan government suspended all public gatherings and intergovernmental meetings.

Dusk to dawn curfew, which runs from 10 pm to 4 am, was extended for the next one month.

The dead are to be disposed of within 72 hours after death, and any ceremony like funerals, weddings are to be attended only by 50 people.

Teachers were asked to go for vaccination to protect themselves and learners from the delta virus ravaging the country.

Places of worship were urged to adhere to one-third capacity, and public service vehicles were ordered not to ferry passengers without face masks.

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