Kenya closes its doors to Tanzania and Somalia as the dusk to dawn curfew gets extended for the next 21 days
Following the increase of imported covid-19 positive cases last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta has today closed the Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya-Somalia borders.
The two borders shall remain closed for the next 30 days to curb the spread of covid-19 positive cases.
Only vehicles ferrying cargo will be allowed to access the Kenyan territory on condition that the drivers test negative for the coronavirus.
43 cases crossed the border from Somalia and Tanzania last week.
By yesterday, the imported coronavirus positive cases were distributed as follows
Wajir border- 14
Isebania border- 10
Namanga border- 16
Lunga lunga- 2
The above cases represent a quarter of the 106 confirmed cases.
Besides, 78 foreign truck drivers tested positive for the coronavirus disease at the border. They were consequently denied entry into the country.
If they were not denied access, the imported cases would have led to increased community transmissions.
So far, 22 out of the total 47 counties have been affected by the novel coronavirus.
Dusk to dawn curfew
President Uhuru Kenyatta also extended the dusk to dawn curfew for the next 21 days. This means that Kenyans will have to ensure they are at home by 7.00 p.m.
The earliest this curfew will be lifted is June 6, 2020.