Nairobi County Assembly was on Tuesday closed indefinitely due to high COVID-19 infections.
The County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura says that the decision was met after it emerged that more than 40 cases of COVID-19 had been reported at City Hall.
According to Speaker Mutura, two City MCAs are currently on oxygen support, while others, unknown number, have contracted the dreaded disease.
The county assembly was to resume sittings today (Tuesday, April 6) after a two-week recess after it was hit hard by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday last week, City Hall staff including MCAs and the Executive participated in a vaccination exercise.
Deputy Governor Anne Kananu Mwenda and Speaker Mutura led by example in receiving their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Nairobi is among the five counties which were placed under partial lockdown by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Bases on empirical evidence, President Uhuru said, the counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu had recorded the most cases of COVID-19 infections, therefore classified as “Disease-Infected Zone.”
Consequently, Uhuru ordered for the cessation of all movements into and out of the Zone Area.
So far, Kenya has recorded a total of 139,448 confirmed COVID-19 cases since its inception in mid-March 2020. Positivity rate stands at 16.7 percent, way beyond WHO’s recommended five percent positivity rate.