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Why Nairobi Metropolitan Area will remain on “temporary lockdown” – Uhuru Kenyatta explains

President Uhuru Kenyatta has explained that cessation of movements will continue to be imposed in Nairobi Metropolitan Area because unlike other areas, cases of Coronavirus have been rising.

While addressing the media on Saturday 7, June 2020, the head of state explained that other places that had been temporarily closed Kilifi, Kwale, Eastleigh, and Old Town were now considered safe since COVID-19 cases had been reducing.

“Kwasababu umeanza kupungua sasa tunaeza kufungua lakini lakini vile nimesema nimeita mkutano wa baraza la magavana wote 47 kwasababu ya mambo ya afya na vile vile tutatemebea na vile tutaruhusu watu ketembea county to county lazima magava wawe on board. Lazima waweke mikakati kila gavana kwa county yake ile itatumiwa wakati watu wanatembea,” he stated.

He further explained that the motive of the meeting was to make sure guidelines are followed so that the Coronavirus does not spread to counties are people travel.

“Na ndio unasikia tukisema kama ni hapa Nairobi mahali tuko, hapa ungonjwa unaenda juu. Na hakuna nchi iefungua kama ugonjwa unaenda juu. Hapa Nairobi katika estates mbalimbali ungojwa unaenda juu. Ndio tunasema Naiobi sio kama Kwale na Kilifi ambapo ungojwa unashuka. Tumefungua ambapo ugonjwa umepungua na tumebakisha cessation mahali ambapo ugonjwa unapanda,” he explained.

He went on to give an example where one person from Nairobi traveled to Siaya County and infected eight people. He further explained that that was the reason why the cessation of movements in Nairobi will continue despite most Kenyans preferring otherwise.

The President extended the dusk to dawn curfew by 30 days but changed the time from 7 pm – 5 am to 9 pm to 4 am. He explained that this move was to allow Kenyans to now be able to work full shifts and still be able to get home on time.

The President also confirmed that there were 2,600 confirmed cases after 126 new cases were reported. The total number of deaths stands at 83 after four more died.

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