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Uhuru suspends traveling in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi

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Travel Suspension Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has partially locked down Nairobi County. Following the lock down, there will be no movement in an out of the capital city for a period of 21 days.

The suspension order came as the number of confirmed cases hit 158. Six people have so far succumbed to the disease.

The President said that Nairobi accounts for 82 per cent of the total infections while the other Coastal counties account for 14 per cent hence the new directive. He said that travel restrictions in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area will begin today (Monday) at 7pm. The president also said that movement in the counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, and Kwale would be limited. The lock down directive will take effect on Wednesday evening.

“Cessation of all road/rail/air movement shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days from 7pm Monday April 6 in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, from 7pm Wed April 8 in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties,” he said.

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The Head of State said that the movement along the coastal strip, in affected counties should be limited for now before the directive takes effect on April 8. The President was categorical that motor vehicles, scooters, bicycles, and motorbikes are not allowed to move in and out of the four counties. He, however, said that vehicles ferrying food materials or other essential products like medical equipment and drugs would be exempted from the restrictions.

He said that vehicles ferrying food products are only allowed to have one driver and such designated persons must be notified by writing.

While defining the boundaries of the Nairobi Metropolitan area, he said that the ban affects Nairobi Couty, part of Kiambu County stretching over to Chania River, part of Machakos County, and part of Kajiado County including Kitengela. Travel Suspension Kenya.





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