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Five injured in stampede as police disperse crowds at ferry crossing.

Five people were injured at the Likoni channel as commuters forced their way into the ferry against State directives meant to control the spread of Covid-19.
Police officers were forced to shoot in the air and hurl tear gas canisters to disperse a surging crowd that pelted them with stones.
The commuters claimed the officers were the ones causing congestion.
SEE ALSO :Hundreds ferried from the Coast to attend Moi funeralChaos began after Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata left. He said the State had deployed 150 law enforcers to man the channel.
The commuters claimed the orders were cumbersome and favoured motorists and dignitaries. “The commuters pelted the officers with stones sending them scampering for safety. The injured were taken to hospital by Kenya Red Cross officials,” said a witness, Ken Odhiambo.
The chaos erupted at 5.15pm.
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Kenya: Sonko Forms Coronavirus Emergency Team, Appoints Himself Chairman

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has formed a 13-member county emergency team tasked with responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team will be headed by the Governor as its chairman.

Other members of the team include acting County Secretary Justus Kathenge, Health Services Executive Hitan Majevdia, Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi, Roads and Transport Executive Mohamed Dagane and Education CEC Lucia Mulwa.

Others are Nairobi County Commissioner Florence Mworoa, Chief of Staff Peter Mugo, Health Chief Officer Sahal Mohamed, Disaster Management Chief Officer Anne Mwenda, County Director for Health Dr Lucina Koyio, and two members of the Secretariat Bernard Mulwa and Magdalene Ndawa.

“Being a critical entry point into East Africa, I do hereby appoint the Nairobi City County Emergency Team for coronavirus,” read in part the letter by Governor Sonko.

The formation of the emergency team follows a meeting between the Council of Governors Health Committee, Ministry of Health and all the Health CECs from across the 47 counties in the country.

At the March 4, 2020 meeting, which came after the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, it was resolved that every county form an emergency team to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Nairobi is one of the hotspots of coronavirus with the majority of the confirmed cases in the country.

And as such, the county government has been carrying out fumigation exercise which is in its third week.