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Govt Extends Lockdown in Two Coronavirus Hotspots, Suspends Businesses

by Robert Mwangi
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The National Emergency Response Team on the coronavirus pandemic has prolonged the segmental lockdown imposed on Nairobi’s Eastleigh area and Old Town in Mombasa.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the residents of the two Covid-19 hotspots would remain confined until Saturday, 6th June.

Kagwe noted that that the government had largely succeeded in containing the virus in the epicentre.

“In order to contain further spread of the virus, there shall be an extension of the cessation of movement in Eastleigh and Old Town until 6th June 2020,” he said.

In addition, the CS said the suspension of a number of key businesses had not been lifted.

“The malls, eateries, and restaurants are supposed to remain closed and hawking prohibited until 6th June.”

However, he encouraged the residents of the two areas to cooperate with the authorities to fight the virus so that the restrictions can be eased.

It would be irrational of the government to end the cessation of movement before the situation had stabilised, the CS explained.

The extension comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the restriction of movements in and out of Kilifi, Kwale, Nairobi, Mandera, and Mombasa counties would remain in force until 6th June.

The President said the Covid-19 management team would remove some of the measures once the epidemic is contained.

Countries such as Germany and Brazil had celebrated their gains to early, and ended up regretting relaxing the rules.

Meanwhile, Kenya recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a day on Wednesday, 20th May.

In his latest update on the deadly virus, Kagwe said that 66 people had tested positive for the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 1,029.

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