Panic, Confusion As Management Of Jacaranda Gardens Retract Directive To Self-Isolate After Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Jacaranda Gardens Estate on Kamiti Road in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16, 2020 – Panic and confusion reigned on Thursday after residents of Jacaranda Gardens Estate on Kamiti Road in Nairobi were advised to self-isolate for 14 days after COVID-19 cases were recorded in the estate, only for the management to recant the directive in a second circular.

In the first circular, the management of Jacaranda Gardens had asked residents to self-isolate after COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the estate.

Even as the news spread, and the subsequent panic, the same management emerged with another circular, which only asked those who had tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine.

Instead, the second memo’ asked the rest of the residents to strictly comply with the government and ministry of health COVID-19 containment measures.

“We are in communication with the MOH and shall inform you in case of any new development. Be advised to use sanitizers or wash hands with soap and running water, wear masks always and observe social distance,” read the first circular.

According to the management, the first circular was issued after collaborating with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response team in Roysambu sub-county.

The management had requested residents to self-isolate for 14 days with their children. “The management in collaboration with MoH Roysambu sub-county Covid-19 response team wishes to inform residents that we have confirmed Covid-19 patients in the estate.

“Following this development, we are advised to request residents to isolate themselves with their children for fourteen days to avoid more contact,” read the letter.

The management also asked residents to maintain social distancing and use sanitizers, soap, and water to curb the spread of the virus.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Nairobi have continued to rise after the ban of cessation of movement was lifted.

Experts warned that the country is heading to its peak and asked Kenyans to comply with the guidelines provided by the MoH.

For instance, Kenya recorded 497 cases on Tuesday and 461 on Wednesday. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 now stands at 209.




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