Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wangamati has asked the national health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe to consider classifying the county as a Corona high risk area.
This follows the announcement of two cases of Coronavirus cases on Sunday May 3.
The duo are truck drivers who were heading to Uganda from Mombasa and were forcefully tested but were later quarantined after testing positive of Corona.
They are being quarantined at Webuye Sub County Hospital isolation centre after one was tested at Webuye Panpaper (Sango) and another one at Bitobo police check point in Kimaeti.
The high risk hotspot areas where drivers park their vehicles, dine and wine include Webuye weighbridge, Matisi market, Bukembe, Sikata, Kanduyi, Kimwanga and Kimaeti market centres.
Others include Kimilili, Chwele and Lwakhakha border town.
Wangamati says that these markets are a high risk hotspots because truck drivers park their vehicles and interact with residents including harlots.
“The danger of truck drivers is real, any conduct with them will lead to contracting Corona,” said the county boss.
He added, “The presence of truck drivers are possible carriers of COVID-19, they stay in our hotels, sleep around some even are married and have families around, they interact with us on daily basis,”.
He said Bungoma county having joined other counties with COVID-19 is a dangerous trend and called on area residents to observe government directives if they want to survive the global pandemic.
“We are now county number 16 out 47 to report COVID-19 cases, let’d avoid being reckless to reduce such cases, let us stop relaxing and continue protecting ourselves,” warned Wangamati.
He said that only truck drivers who carry essential items should be allowed in Bungoma county and those proceding to Uganda, Congo and Rwanda to help reduce cases of Coronavirus.
He said that since he launched compulsory mass testing of truck drivers, all kind of vehicles and passengers three weeks ago, they have managed to test 240,000 people out of which 112 met the positive case defination.
The county has set screening centres at four entry points of Bitobo, Maliki, Webuye (Weighbridge) and Lwakhakha border where screening of all visitors entering the county undergo compulsory screening before being allowed into the county.