NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lifted a cessation of movement order in the remaining three counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera in newly outlined guidelines on coronavirus containment.
The lifting of the ban which takes effect from 4am on Tuesday will allow Kenyans free inter-county travel as government monitors the COVID-19 situation in the next 21 days.
Kenyatta who addressed the nation from his Harambee House office added that failure to exercise personal responsibility may force the government to reverse the order.
“Should the situation deteriorate and pose challenge to our health systems. we will have to revert back to the lock down. For the next 21 days, we will study the patterns of interactions and spread of disease, any trends that signal worsening of pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to lock down at zero option,” President Kenyatta stated.
He further cautioned Kenyans to delay unnecessary travel upcountry and exercise COVID- 19 prevention measures to prevent the spread of the virus especially to the elderly.
“My national call to you all is to minimise unnecessary contact and movement, I encourage all Kenyans to consider delaying non essential upcountry travel,” the Head of State appealed.
“My national call to you all is to minimise unnecessary contact and movement, I encourage all Kenyans to consider delaying non essential upcountry travel,” he said.
The President further urged Kenyans to “exercise extreme caution and fidelity to the correct usage of face masks hand-washing, physical distancing, sanitization for the health of the elderly and those with immune depressed systems.”
The dusk-to-dawn curfew was however extended for thirty days to avert an unchecked spread of the contagion.