President Uhuru Kenyatta has closed down Kenya’s border with Tanzania at Namanga and the Kenya-Somalia border over a rise of Covid-19 imported cases.
The orders take effect from today midnight to the 6th of June,2020.
Uhuru said only cargo vehicles will be allowed in the country and truck drivers will therein be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 testing before entering the country. Only those who test negative for coronavirus will be allowed in the country.
In the last one-week truckdrivers from the border, points have accounted for a quarter of the 166 cases. This week alone 43 new cases has been recorded at the Namanga and Kenya Somalia border.
The border cases are spread across Wajir 14, Ezebania 10, Namanga 16, Lungalunga 2 and Loitoktok 1.
The President has also extended the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa counties, and the dusk to dawn curfew for a further 21 days.
Uhuru said guarding Kenyan lives comes first before everything else. He said the country will continue taking stricter measures as per the advice given by the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19.
The President urged Kenyans to continue observing the set guidelines to control the disease adding that there will be no need for total lockdown if all the measures are adhered to.
“If we do not heed to the dangers and behave accordingly a lot will be lost as we have seen in other countries,” he said
The President has announced a total of 301 recoveries from patients recovered fully from the disease. This means Kenya has 481 active cases