Kenya: 68% Favor Statewide Lockdown to Contain Coronavirus - Poll

Shoppers wear masks (file photo).

Nairobi — A new study by Infotrak Research and Consulting has established that majority of Kenyans want President Uhuru Kenyatta to impose a nationwide lockdown the country for at least 14 days, to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The report which was released yesterday shows that 68 per cent of Kenyans want a total lockdown enforced as a measure to avert further spread of the virus, Kenya having confirmed 142 cases so far and four deaths.

Another four people have also recovered from the virus that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The study conducted between March 30 and April 2 also shows that majority of Kenyans want the government to focus on food security even as it battles the virus.

The pollster interviewed 831 respondents in 24 out of 47 counties, reporting a 95 per cent degree of confidence in its findings.

The government has already imposed a dusk to dawn curfew after it emerged that community transmissions are on the rise.

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