NAIROBI — Kenya has registered 16 additional novel coronavirus infections after 530 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country as per Monday to 158
The new cases were announced by
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, April 6 at a press briefing held at State House, Nairobi.
Observing that a majority of confirmed cases were in Nairobi, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale counties, President Uhuru also announced far-reaching movement restrictions in those counties to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“There shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa,” he asserted.
He revealed that the decision was taken following a meeting of the National Security Council.
“I issue these enhanced measures well aware that they will inconvenience many Kenyans. However, not doing so will lead to even greater suffering for Kenyans,” he announced.
He vowed that the government would not relent in its fight against the virus, emphasizing the global magnitude of the pandemic.
“I will go to any lawful lengths to respond to the Coronavirus,” he asserted.
Kenya had on Sunday April 05, extended the ban on international flights for another 30 days, with the directive to take effect today Monday, April 6.
Cargo flights will, however, remain exempt from the directive as will evacuation flights for foreign nations planning to evacuate their citizens Transport Minister James Macharia announced.