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Nairobi, four Coastal counties on partial lockdown
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|Nairobi, four Coastal counties on partial lockdown by Saocv(1): Fri 17, April, 2020 12:58am|
President announces cessation of movement to and from Nairobi metropolitan, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale
By KYEB Reporter
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a partial lockdown of four counties, among them Nairobi, in a new raft of measures to contain the COVID-19.
In his address to the nation from State House, Nairobi on Monday afternoon, the President announced immediate cessation of movement in and out the Nairobi Metropolitan area for 21 days. Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties were also declared Covid-19 hotspots but the ban to and from these counties would take effect on Wednesday, 8.
"The Nairobi Metropolitan Area is designated as Nairobi City County, part of Kiambu County up to Chania River Bridge (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 Ngong town; and all other areas as set out in the Order," the president said.
This came as total positive cases in the country rose to 158 following confirmation of 16 more on Monday. Two more deaths were reported taking total number of casualties to six.
The President said Nairobi accounted for 82 per cent of the total infections while the Coastal counties took up the remining 14 per cent. He said movement in affected counties along the coastal strip will be limited before the directive takes effect on April 8.
However, vehicles ferrying foodstuffs and other essential products like medical equipment and drugs will be exempted from the restrictions.
"Governments all over the world, including our own, are taking unprecedented steps to arrest the spread of this pandemic and to flatten the curve. Different measures are being taken across the globe depending on every country’s unique circumstances,” he said.
And in enhanced measures to contain the Coronavirus, the President directed the National Treasury to use Sh2 billion recovered from graft proceeds to support the needy, especially in urban areas.
He also directed the Treasury to transfer all domestic and foreign travel budgets in county and national governments to combating Covid-19.
The President also urged the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to ensure the availability of free water in slums to boost hygiene. He also encouraged farmers to continue with their work to ensure there is enough food in the country.
“I encourage our traders and farmers in fresh produce to continue with their agricultural activities, so as to ensure the continued supply of the farm produce to our markets. No one should be denied the ability to carry on with their legal trade within the boundaries of the protocols set out by the Ministry of Health,” he said.
He urged people to wear face masks any time when in public.
“We must endeavour to wear masks when we are amongst our people…wash hands for at least 20 seconds,” he said.
The President thanked landlords who have reduced rent for their tenants. He urged more to empathise with Kenyans hard-hit by the pandemic and follow suit.
“I note with appreciation that some property owners have reduced monthly rent to help provide a roof over the heads of our vulnerable brothers and sisters. In that regard, I urge others to emulate these acts of personal and financial sacrifice. This is a time for compassion and understanding,” the President said.
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