The government has asked the public to ignore the talk doing the rounds about a possible lockdown as another precautionary measure in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna strongly condemned the social media rumours.

In a tweet, Oguna has asked online users to refrain from causing panic at a time when the country is going through a tough period.

“There is information on social media of a possible lockdown in Kenya. The information is false, misinforming and causing panic,” the statement reads.

He urged Kenyans to shun such misleading information and only wait for the authorities to address such issues.

Oguna said that only the Ministry of Health and the Government Spokesperson were authorised to give such information.

“Don’t consume such content whose source can’t be verified. Let us remain calm and only consume information from @MOHKenya or @SpokespersonGok,” Oguna said.

The statement following speculation that the government was about to impose a lockdown.

With President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to address the nation anytime time evening, there was a feeling that he would shut down some areas of the country.

However, some have warned that a lockdown would be very costly for the country, considering that the government has said it is running out of funds.

On Tuesday, 24th March, CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge disclosed that the government may soon be compelled to ask for emergency funds from the IMF and the World Bank.

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