President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday extended the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew as well as the ban on movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa by 21 more days.
President Kenyatta, speaking while addressing the nation at State House in Nairobi, announced these as part of a raft of new measures aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus.
The Head of State also tasked security agencies with upgrading their alert and response measures on porous borders to prevent any security threats that could otherwise compromise the war on Covid-19.
“The cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa that are currently in force shall be extended for a further containment period of 21 days,” he said.
“The nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew that is currently in force shall also be extended for a further period of 21 days.”
President Kenyatta also stated that the national hygiene program which is set to kick off and will run for the next 30 days will employ over 26,148 workers and is gradually expected to grow to over 100,000 young people across the country.
While expressing hope at a near victory in the war to rid the country off Covid-19, he also urged Kenyans to remain disciplined and follow government directives.
“I will not delay de-escalating the measures we are taking, the moment our experts inform us that the risks have reduced sufficiently on the basis of how we respond,” he said.