The much anticipated review of measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus set by the Kenya government were announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In an enhanced push to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya, the president announced the restriction of movements of people into and out of Kenya through the Kenya-Tanzania border and the Kenya-Somalia border except for those carrying cargo effective midnight tonight.
The existing measures at the border points such as subjecting all truck drivers to a mandatory COVID-19 test remain in place. The truck drivers who test positive for coronavirus will not be allowed into the country.
President Kenyatta also extended the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the whole country for an additional 21 days. The cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera was also extended by 21 days.
In his speech to the nation, the president also announced that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 830 after 49 new cases were confirmed positive in the last 24 hours.
The president confirmed that 5 more people had died from COVID-19 bringing the total deaths tally to 50. “I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those we have lost. The life of every Kenyan is precious” He said.
While recognizing the work of health workers in Kenya, the president said, “I am delighted to report that due to the dedication and commitment of our health care workers, we have discharged 301 individuals from our health facilities having registered full recovery since the onset of this pandemic”.