President Kenyatta has announced the confirmation of 16 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 158.
Uhuru, in a state address from State House on Monday, also announced the death toll from Covid-19 has climbed to six after the passing of two more patients.
“As of this morning, we have tested a total of 4,277 persons, with an additional 16 persons turning positive today. In that regard, the total number of all persons who have positive for COVID-19 currently stands at 158. We note with gratitude that 4 persons have fully recovered from this disease,” Uhuru said.
Further to this, Uhuru said the Health Ministry has marked Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa counties as Covid-19 affected areas.
As a result, Uhuru said the National Security Council resolved to ban movement of people in and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMA), Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa counties for a period of 21 days to contain the transmission of the virus.
“Any person, motorcycles, scooters, vehicles, vessels, railway wagons or aircraft shall not be allowed in the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Kilifi, Kwale or in Mombasa,” he noted.
The cessation of movement of people in NMA will take effect on Monday, April 6th at 7 pm while in Kwale, Kilifi, and Mombasa, the ban will begin on Wednesday, April 8th at 7 pm.
“The Nairobi Metropolitan Area is designated as Nairobi City County, Part of Kiambu County up to Chania River Bridge (Thika), including Rironi, Ndenderu, Kiambu Town; Part of Machakos County up to Athi-River, including Katani; Part of Kajiado County including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Ngong Town; and all other areas as set out in the Order,” said Uhuru.
“The movement of food supplies and other cargo will continue as normal during the declared containment period through road, railway, and air. Any cargo-carrying vehicle or vessel shall be charged to a single driver and designated assistants; all of whom shall be designated as such in writing by the owner or operator of the said vehicle or vessel with reference to that vehicle or vessel.”