Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Safaricom has closed its Meru customer care shop until further notice after 13 employees tested positive of Covid19.

The 13 employees were among the 184 new Covid19 cases announced by the Ministry of Health’s Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr Rashid Aman, on Wednesday.

This is the highest number of confirmed Covid19 in a single day since the first case was recorded on March 13th bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 4,044.

According to Meru Health Executive, Misheck Mutuma, the 13 came from 42 contacts of a patient who was isolated on Friday and all of them had been quarantined by Wednesday.

“The 13 positive tests are from the 42 contacts who are in quarantine.”

“We have embarked on tracing more contacts from the new cases,” Mr Mutuma said.

This comes just days after the giant telco was forced to close four shops to allow cleaning, fumigation and sanitization.

The affected shops are Nyali and Rex House both in Mombasa as well as Thika and Lavington Mall both within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

So far, 14 Safaricom staff have tested positive for the coronavirus after another employee at Thika Road Mall shop was reported to have contracted the virus on Friday last week

Consequently, The Thika Road Mall shop was closed with Safaricom CEO, Peter Ndegwa, stating that staff working at the shop had been isolated for treatment.


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