Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa were on Wednesday placed under partial lockdown by the national government as part of efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order restricting movement into and out of the two ares takes effect on Wednesday, May 6, as from 7pm.
The two areas, according to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, are epicentres of the deadly virus where the numbers of confirmed cases have continued to grow.
Out of the 47 COVID-19 cases, a new highest daily national total, Old Town accounted for 18 of the cases while Eastleigh accounted for five of the cases. In total, Old Town has the highest number of cases in the country with 50 followed by Eastleigh with 34.
“We have identified some epicentres where the numbers have continued to grow. These are, especially, Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town, Mombasa. The situation in those areas has now become of serious concern. In order to contain the spread of infection in these two particular areas the government has recommended that further containment measures will be followed,” Kagwe said.
Overall, on Wednesday, 32 cases were reported from Mombasa followed by 11 from Nairobi then two in Busia and one each from Kiambu and Kwale.
In addition to the 15-day containment period, the national government also ordered all eateries and markets in those areas to close down for a similar period. Kagwe also clarified that public transport vehicles are not allowed to enter the said areas.
“These measures are not intended to punish anybody in those affected areas rather, these measures are supposed to protect those in those areas who may get the disease from movement of persons,” Kagwe said.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, an active leader in the fight against COVID-19, had previously threatened to lock down Old Town due to the high number of cases in the region.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia also announced measures to improve health and safety measures in public transport in the country.
The measures include passengers passing through a sanitising tunnel before they board trains and procurement of additional train carriages and a new ferry to ensure adherence to social distancing.
Source(s): Ministry of Health
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