Eastleigh, Old Town on lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise alarmingly

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

The government through the ministries of Interior and Health has seceded movement in Eastleigh area in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa for the next 15 days.

The directive is effective from Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 7 pm.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday said the lockdown in these areas has been informed by an increasing number of coronavirus cases in the past few weeks.

On Wednesday, 47 people tested positive for coronavirus. 32 of them were from Old Town in Mombasa while the 11 in Nairobi are from Eastleigh.

Busia had two cases, Kiambu (1) and Kwale (1). The total number of coronavirus cases in Kenya is 582.

Kagwe said that the markets and eateries in these two areas will remain closed. No one is allowed into and out of these two areas.

Public service vehicles in these areas will not be allowed to operate.

Further, he said the cost of quarantine in government facilities will be free for those people who are seconded to the facilities by the Ministry of Health.

“The cost of targeted testing for Covid-19 and government quarantine facilities shall be met by the government effective today. Kenyans should not be afraid to get tested,” CS Kagwe said.

On a brighter note, he said that eight more patients have been discharged bringing the total of recovered patients to 190.

However, two people aged 68 and 72 respectively died in Mombasa from Coronavirus. Kagwe said it is tragic that they died in their homes.