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The government on Sunday banned gatherings in all places of worship in a renewed bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe banned weddings and communal worship, saying it was illogical for people to attend gatherings where they risked infection.

“Let us not forget that Italy began its unfortunate experience through the decision of some people to continue attending gatherings, including religious ones, as if nothing had happened. On Sunday, Italy lost 784 people within 24 hours. We will not escape a similar fate if we do nothing to address the risk in such gatherings,” he said.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho directed administration officials to ensure all places of worship remain closed.

“Ensure all churches, mosques and temples are closed. If any are found open within your area, you will be held personally responsible,” said the PS.

Houses of worship yesterday came under heavy criticism as being ”the weakest link” in the fight against the pandemic, with netizens, under the hashtag #IgnorantKenyans, criticising those who defied the government directive.

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