Deputy President William Ruto has welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement regarding a lockdown in Nairobi, Kwale, Mombasa, and Kilifi with aiming of combating the spread of coronavirus.
Addressing the nation on Monday afternoon, the Head of State noted that corona cases in the country had risen to 158.
He further noted that two additional patients had succumbed to the illness bringing total deaths from COVID-19 to six.
In view of the above, the President noted that the government has banned the movement in Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa counties.
The ban in Nairobi is effective tonight, while the coastal counties will commence the ban on Wednesday.
During the ban, only cargo and food transporters will be allowed to move in and out of Nairobi.
“There shall be a cessation of all movement by road, rail, or area in and out of Nairobi Metropolitan area, counties of Kilifi Kwale and Mombasa,” the President said.
“The cessation of movement within the Nairobi metropolitan area shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days with effect from 7pm on Monday, April 6, 2020,” he added.
Reacting to the announcement, DP Ruto urged Kenyans to adhere to the new measures, to increase the chances of defeating the virus.
“Fellow countrymen/women, HE the President has issued enhanced measures including containment in Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa; use of face masks; supply of free water in informal settlements. Its our patriotic duty to do our part to ensure these measures succeed. We shall overcome,” he tweeted.