Police handle civilians in ways that might spark the spread of COVID-19

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Curfew, one of the measures set by the government to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country, prove to be a possible medium for the spread of the virus.

As defined on Friday curfew kick-off by police brutality, indeed there is much to be undertaken in the fight against the novel virus.

Social distancing is a key measure set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ministry of health, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

But the way law enforcers have enhanced the curfew kick off in major town, beating people and forcing them to lie squarely on the ground bridges social distancing.

In Mombasa, there was a stampede at Lokoni ferry with people running up and down, possibly evading police beatings, some falling in trenches at 5pm, 2 hours to the curfew kick-off.

Pictures going around social media shows people lying down in the streets of Nirobi, some running away from police and teargas lobby –a move that can spark the spread of Coronavirus, in case of a carrier amidst the them.

Coronavirus is said to be transmitted from person to person through droplets from a coughing or sneezing person.

People forced to lie square on ground by police enforcing the curfew. Image|Courtesy

This can be severe if these droplets fall on surfaces, thus close contact to people who have touched these surfaces propagate the spread.

Police spokesman Charles Owino, speaking to a local channel, said the police are trained and know how to play their part in enforcing the curfew.

He called on everyone, from the police to the public, to take care of themselves to stop the spread of the virus.

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