President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, May 16, announced an extension of the dusk-to-dawn curfew and cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera counties by another 21 days.
In his address to the nation, the president said he will review the decision upon its expiry on June 6, 2020.
President Kenyatta also announced that the National Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19 and the National Security Council advised him to shut the Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya-Somalia borders for 30 days.
As a result, passengers and transporters of vehicles into Tanzania and Somalia, and vice versa, have been barred from movement past the Kenyan borders.
Only transporters of cargo will be allowed to move in and out of Kenyan borders to Somalia and Tanzania. However, they will be subjected to coronavirus tests and only allowed to proceed with their journeys after testing negative for the virus, said the Head of State.
President Kenyatta also announced that Kenya had recorded 49 new coronavirus cases, pushing the country’s total COVID-19 tally to 830.
Seventeen (17) new recoveries were also registered between Friday and Saturday, bringing to 301 the total number of patients to have recovered from coronavirus in the country.
Four hundred and eighty one (481) patients are currently receiving treatment for the virus in various health facilities across Kenya, said President Kenyatta.
The country lost three more patients to COVID-19, pushing the toll to 48, announced the Head of State.