By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Monday, April 6, 2020.
Kenya has confirmed 16 more cases of COVID-19 taking the total tally to 158, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced. Six patients have died while Four persons have fully recovered, Uhuru Kenyatta added.
The president also announced a 21-day lockdown in Nairobi Metropolitan, Kilifi County, Kwale County, and Mombasa County, in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Any person, passenger, carrying bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, automobiles, vehicles, vessels, railway wagons, or aircraft shall not be allowed in and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area and counties of Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa,” Kenyatta ordered.
According to the directive, the movement restrictions applied for roads, rail transportation, effective 7 pm, April 6, 2020, in the Nairobi metropolitan area. He also called upon the public to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19, what he called ‘an invisible deadly enemy’.
“The virus is unforgiving, and the rate of growth if not arrested is exponential yet because it cannot be seen or smelt, it is an enemy that can easily convince you that life can continue as normal. It doesn’t care about your religion, the colour of your skin or the size of your wallet,” Kenyatta said.
Kenya registered its first COVID-19 case on Monday, March 13, 2020, and over 4277 people have been tested. The numbers have increased drastically to 158 in half a month.