By ONESMUS MUTISO
6th May, 2020
The Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe has announced additional measures that will help combat spread of Covid-19.
Speaking at Afya House, the Cs said Eastleigh and Old Town in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties respectively will remain under internal partial lock down for 15 days effective tonight May 6, 2020.
“As we had said yesterday, some areas are becoming epicentres. The Ministry of Health in collaboration has come out with measures to control spread of the virus. Therefore, Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa will remain under cessation of movement with effect from tonight 7pm,” Said Kagwe.
All Eateries and markets will remain closed for 15 days and no transportation will be allowed in or out of the areas and which the Ministry of Interior coordination will be clarifying.
He warned Kenyans against violating the set measures giving an instance where a patient travelled from Tanzania to Kenya through Panyaroute and Commuted to Nairobi and has tested positive.
On a positive note, the government will offer free quarantine services and testing to allow those fearing costs incurred to go for the ongoing mass testing.
“Effective today, the government quarantine facilities will be given for free to those told to do so by the ministry. The measures are not to punish anyone but to protect our people “, he added.
The ministry of Transport has also announced that all truck drivers should be tested as they leave and enter the country 48 hours before their departure. They are required to produce a Covid-19 free certificate and should renew in 14 days.
At the Mombasa port only essential activities will go on and only four thousand workers are allowed to work in the facility contrally to the six thousand who were allowed before. A brand new ferry will be commissioned tomorrow to help observe the social distancing measure.
Kenya today has confirmed 47 more cases raising the number to 582. Out of this 32 are from Mombasa, 11 from Nairobi, Busia had two , Kiambu one and Kwale one case. Old Town had 18 cases while Eastleigh had five. 31 are male while 16 are female .
Eight more patients have been discharged bringing the number to 190. Two more have also died from the Virus upping the mortalities to 26. The two were aged 68 and 72 years old and both are from Mombasa County.