İrem UZUN -TDO- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus "infected areas", including the capital, Nairobi, before the usually busy Easter weekend. In a televised address to the nation, Kenyatta stopped short of announcing a full lockdown within these areas but warned, "We must be ready to go even further if necessary."
Similar restrictions will be imposed on Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi which have been identified as high-risk counties accounting for 14 percent of reported cases, beginning Wednesday, April 8. Nairobi has the highest rate at 82 percent. Nonetheless, he pointed out that movement of food supplies and other cargo will continue as usual on condition cargo trucks are assigned a single driver and designated assistants. “Any cargo-carrying vehicle or vessel shall be charged to a single driver and designated assistants; all of whom shall be designated as such in writing by the owner or operator of the said vehicle or vessel with reference to that vehicle or vessel,” he said.
President also warned the people not to confuse new decision with the existing restrictions and measures, including the daily Nationwide Curfew from 7 pm to 5 am. Kenya is yet to impose a total lockdown a measure taken by various countries globally including South African and Uganda in Africa in order to combat the global pandemic which has infected more than 1,2 million and killed more than 70,000. In Kenya, total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is 172, while 6 people died since March 13.