Reports indicate that two secondary schools in Mombasa county have closed down after several students tested positive for Covid-19.
On Monday Star of the Sea High School and Tononoka Secondary School sent students home for a period of two weeks.
Sources say that four people tested positive for Covid-19 at Star of the Sea High School while at least eight people tested positive for Covid-19 at Tononoka Secondary School.
Some teachers in the two schools also tested positive for the virus. In one of the schools, a senior teacher was one of those who tested positive. A few teachers in the schools are yet to receive the results of their Covid-19 tests.
“When he was confirmed (the senior teacher), that’s when all of us were asked to get tested. Some of the results came on Monday and both students and teachers were confirmed positive,” a source in one of the schools said.
Sources also say that a top government official visited the two schools and ordered for their closure until 2nd November.
Via a letter dated 19th October, Star of the Sea High School informed parents that they had suspended learning temporarily to allow fumigation.
“This is to inform you that all we have temporarily suspended school operations with effect from today, Monday 19th October, to allow fumigation. The school’s normal operations will resume on Monday, 2nd November 2020,” the letter reads in part.
The closure of the two schools comes at a time when Mombasa is one of the counties that the government earmarked for possible lock-down. This is because of the significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since the president reopened the country.
County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed that hospitals in Mombasa County are fully occupied.
“To get an emergency bed in our hospitals is hard. They are all full. Cases are up and they continue to rise. Please wear that mask to save yourself,” Mr Kitiyo said.