Uhuru warns government won’t hesitate escalating measures to combat coronavirus spread

President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo courtesy]

The government will not hesitate to impose strict measures in the fight to combat the spread of coronavirus should the situation demand so, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Uhuru while addressing Kenyans at State House on Saturday said should the situation demand escalation of COVID-19 combat measure, the government will gladly impose them.

“Kenyans let us unite and fight the pandemic together, as a Government, we don’t want to announce more strict measures for Kenyans but if need be, we will not hesitate,” Uhuru said.

He called in Kenyans to embrace wearing of face masks whenever they are in public spaces.

His call may have been inspired by appalling reports showing some section of Kenyans going on with their usual activities without wearing face masks as directed by the Ministry of Health.

The president also extended the dusk to dawn curfew for a further 21 days while cessation of movement in four coastal counties – Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale – and Mandera was extended by a further 21 days.

The dusk to dawn curfew will remain effective from 7 pm to 5 am.

Uhuru also announced that seven more cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 343. No deaths have been reported.

Deaths from coronavirus stand at 14 while those of discharged patients stagnate at 95.