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Security Council orders cessation of inbound, outbound Nairobi travel from 7pm Monday

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 6 – The National Security Council has approved the suspension of travel in and out of Nairobi for a period of 21 days beginning 7pm on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said movement by rail, road or air will remain suspended as the county battles to contain coronavirus with 158 cases having been confirmed as at April 6.

“The movement within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall continue subject to the nationwide curfew,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House Nairobi flanked by Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe (left) and Fred Matiangi. /PSCU.

Similar restrictions will be imposed on Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi which have been identified as high-risk counties accounting for 14 per cent of reported cases, beginning Wednesday, April 8.

Nairobi has the highest rate at 82 per cent.

Kenyatta clarified that the Nairobi Metropolitan Area includes parts of Kiambu County up to Kiambu town, Rironi, Ndenderu; parts of Machakos county up to Athi River, including Katani; parts of Kajiado county up to/including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Ngong Town.

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.

The President said that the additional measures, “do not in any way vary the existing restrictions and measures, including the daily Nationwide Curfew from 7:00P.M. to 5:00A.M.”

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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.

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