NAIROBI, 2 April 2021 – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is asking citizens to blame health experts, not his administration, for the strict lockdown of five counties in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The stricter measures declared Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos, and Nakuru counties to be “disease-infested zones”.
No road, rail, or air transport will be allowed into or out of these counties until further notice, the Kenyan president said last Friday as he announced the lockdown.
“We have not locked down the economy, we have locked down super spreaders areas. That is why bars and churches are closed down,” Kenyatta said during a press briefing at State House.
The stricter measures ban all in-person meetings.
The measures leave international travel open but all passengers must present negative COVID-19 certificates.
The nighttime curfew, with no exemptions, has been extended and now begins at 8 pm until 4 am local time in the five counties worst-hit by the third wave of the pandemic.
The Kenyan leader said he was doing everything to get the country back to normal, pleading with citizens to adhere to the tighter guidelines.
“You, too, have a big role to play, including urging those who are most vulnerable to get vaccinated,” Kenyatta said admitting that lack of vaccine doses hampers that goal from being achieved.
A ban has also been slapped on the sale of alcohol in all five counties and all restaurants can only provide takeaways.
In under three months since January 2021, Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumped from a mere two percent to 22 percent in March 2021.
At the peak of the current wave of COVID-19 infections, at least seven people are dying every day from COVID-19 in the country.
As of Friday, Kenya had confirmed 135,000 COVID-19 cases, with 2,167 fatalities and 93.067 full recoveries.