President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced enhanced measures in the fight against COVID 19 in the country. Addressing the nation at State House , President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the cessation of movement in 4 counties namely Nairobi metropolis which he said is the epicentre of the spread of the COVID 19 cases.

Kilifi , Kwale and Mombasa have also been listed under the new containment measures which will now face 21 days of containment of movement from 7pm , together with the ongoing curfew. Nairobi’s containment begins tonight while Mombasa, Kilifi, and Kwale will begin their containment on Wednesday.

The president clarified that the Nairobi Metropolitan area comprises Nairobi city County, parts of Kiambu up to Chania River Bridge, that is Thika, including Rironi,Ndenderu, Kiambu town, Parts of Machakos county up to Athi river, including Katani,part of Kajiado county including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata rongai and Ngong Town.

The president said 4,277 cases have been tested for the COVID 19 virus to date ,with a total confirmed cases in the country now at 158. 4 people have since recovered from the virus however 6 deaths have been reported. The president said 82{d59e984f9fbc5c09e4ab0305e27bfa5819922b7230cd324f89a660f78358ca33} of the reported COVID cases have been in Nairobi, 14{d59e984f9fbc5c09e4ab0305e27bfa5819922b7230cd324f89a660f78358ca33} have been in Kilifi, kwale and Mombasa.

Other measures that the president has issued include the compulsory wearing of masks by all Kenyans.The president further restricted the any passenger movement by rail, road or air, and only allowed movement of food supplies and other cargo as had earlier listed.These will be assigned a single driver and designated assistant.

Meanwhile, the president has instructed the National Treasury to release 2 billion shillings that were proceeds from the fight against corruption to support the most vulnerable groups during this pandemic. He applauded government officials and members of the society for taking pay cuts and offering support to the government’s efforts int he fight against covid 19.