Kenya bans travel in and out of Nairobi, coastal areas

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has imposed a 21-day ban on travel in and out of the capital, Nairobi, in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a broadcast address, Kenyatta said that the three-week ban was going to affect Nairobi Metropolitan, as well as the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Kenya.

“The cessation of movement within the Nairobi metropolitan area shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days with effect from 7 pm”, said Kenyatta.

He added that the transportation of food and other cargo was to remain unhindered during the lockdown period.

“I issue these enhanced measures well aware that they will complicate and inconvenience many Kenyans. But by not doing so, this will only lead to greater suffering for Kenyans.”

Kenya has 158 confirmed COVID-19 cases and the dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain the virus is still in place.

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