EAC staff to work from home over COVID fears

EAC staff to work from home over COVID fears

The East African Community (EAC)  staff members will work from home beginning Friday.

The decision has been informed by the emergence of coronavirus symptoms among staff members in EAC headquarters in Arusha.

Secretary General Peter Mathuki said on Wednesday that most of the staff members will work from home from Friday to Wednesday next week. “We are not closing. We will be working virtually away from the EAC headquarters for a couple of days,” Mathuki told The Citizen.

The decision was taken by EAC management which will enable those infected to recover as well as those not vaccinated to go for vaccinations and tests.

According to the news outlet, the measure would affect about 200 staff members working with the key organs at the EAC headquarters.

These are the Secretariat, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the East African Court of Justice (EACJ).

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Dr Mathuki said during the six days, all rooms and other structures at the EAC head office will be fumigated and thoroughly cleaned up.

He added that the EAC staff are being encouraged to go for vaccinations and tests to establish their Covid-19 status.

He said the Tanzania government has availed vaccination service to the staff of the Community at Mt Meru Referral Hospital.

EAC has also tightened visits to its headquarters at the junction of Afrika Mashariki road and the EAC Close.

According to the World Healt Organisation (WHO), Tanzania has recorded 1,367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 50 deaths.

As of 22 August 2021, a total of 218,621 vaccine doses have been administered.

The country began tallying COVID numbers this year after the death of former President John Pombe Maguli.

The late Magufuli had denounced the virus.

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