Eastleigh, Old Town lockdown imposed for 15 days

Eastleigh, Old Town lockdown imposed for 15 days

6 May, 2020

Kenya continues to see a spike in the number of Corona virus cases as the country recorded 47 more positive cases for the virus from 1,574 samples tested, reported the Health CS, Hon Mutahi Kagwe. This now brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 582.

He said from these new cases, 32 are from Mombasa, 11 from Nairobi, 2 from Busia with Kwale and Kiambu each recording 1 case each.

In Mombasa 25 of the cases are from Mvita, 2 in Changamwe, 3 in Likoni, and 2 in Kisauni. The cases in Nairobi are from Eastleigh 5, Kasarani 2 with Kibra, Umoja, Dandora and Karen each recording one case each.

The Health CS also reported that age distribution ranges from 8 years being the youngest and 73 years being the oldest. In terms of gender ,31 are males and 16 females.

While announcing this figures, he also said that 2 people had succumbed to the disease in Mombasa bringing the total number of deceased to 26. The 2 cases, aged  68 years and 72 years, passed away at home and this raises concerns that the virus may continue to spread unnoticed.

He also reported that 8 more people were discharged bringign the number of recovered cases to 190.

As was mentioned yesterday at his press briefing, the Health CS identified  some epicenters where the rate of infections continue to grow. These are Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa. As a result, the following containment measures were put in place to try and curb the spread of the virus:

  1. There shall be cessation of movement in and out of  Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa with effect from 6 May, 2020 at 7 p.m for the next 15 days.
  2. Closure of markets, restaurants and eateries within those areas with effect from 6 May, 2020 at 7 p.m for the next 15 days.

The Health CS also pointed out that the Government had said that effective 6 May, 2020 the cost of targeted testing and quarantine facilities shall be met by the Government in a move aimed at encouraging Kenyans to go and get tested.