Eastleigh, Old Town locked down as COVID-19 cases shoot to 582
The national government has today announced cessation of movement from Nairobi’s Eastleigh area and Mombasa’s Old Town area effective May 6th at 7:00 PM
During the daily briefing at Afya House, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that the decision has been mainly prompted by the fact that the two are major hotspots in the country and that the two areas will be locked down for the next 15 days.
“You cannot leave the area to go to another area. This will take place for 15 days. Eateries and markets will also be closed in the area for those 15 days.” he said
The CS further revealed that Kenya has recorded a total of 47 new cases of the COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in the country to 582.
Out of the new cases, 32 are from Mombasa, 11 from Nairobi, two from Busia and one each from Kiambu and Kwale.
Another eight patients have been discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 190.
The CS also said that public transportation will also not be allowed in and out of the areas for the next 15 days.
In the same press briefing on Wednesday, CS Kagwe said that two more patients had succumbed to the disease raising the total number of fatalities to 26.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.
The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport , supermarkets and open-air markets.