Kenyan President announces ban on movement in and out of Nairobi

EYEAFRICA TV: Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the cessation of movement by road, rail or air in and out of Nairobi metropolitan for a period of 21 days, effective Monday, the 6th of April at 7pm.

The counties of Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale have also been affected with the partial lockdown order set to take effect on Wednesday at 7pm in the three counties.

The new measures coming as the country confirmed 16 more positive cases bringing the total number to 158 with two more people succumbing to COVID-19 disease.

The ghost of coronavirus continues to take its toll in the country, with a further two people succumbing to the disease and 16 more people contracting COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. The obtaining situation prompting President Kenyatta Monday afternoon to announce further drastic measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, which has so far infected 158 people and claimed six lives in the country.

Measures that have effectively placed Nairobi, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale counties in partial lockdown for the next 21 days. The president ordering cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi metropolitan area, which has the highest coronavirus cases standing at 82 percent of the national total effective Monday at 7pm.

Other areas set to be affected with the latest order include parts of Kiambu up to Chania river in Thika including Rironi, Ndenderu, Kiambu Town, part of Machakos county up to Athi-River, including Katani, part of Kajiado county including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Rongai Town.

A similar directive has been extended to Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale that so far account for 14 percent of total cases and will take effect on Wednesday at 7pm.

However, movement of food supplies and other cargo will continue with only the driver and his assistants designated to travel with the same documented through writing by the vehicle owner. The dusk to dawn curfew will however continue throughout the country.

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