Kenya: Lockdown in Eastleigh, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale to End Sunday

Testing for COVID-19 is carried out at Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (file photo).

Nairobi — People will be able to move into and out of Eastleigh, Mombasa’s Old Town, Kilifi and Kwale from 4 am Sunday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta says he lifted the order declared two months ago, after infection rates slowed down.

“That in view of the successful containment of the disease in the Counties of Kilifi and Kwale, the cessation of movement in and out of the two Counties that is currently in force, shall lapse,” he said in an address to the nation from State House Saturday.

He acknowledged that the government’s swift action on setting up preventive measures against the virus since the first case was reported in the country in March had proved useful and encouraged Kenyans continue complying with the measures.

“This disease is beatable if we work together; listen to and apply the regulations, guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and keep our eyes on slaying the enemy,” he said.

However, Nairobi Metropolitan will remain on lockdown with restricted movement in and out of Nairobi County which continues to record high infection rates.

In his address Saturday, President Kenyatta extended the nationwide night curfew for 30 more days.

The Head of State however, said the curfew will now start from 9pm to 4am to enable businesses thrive for more hours.

The new order takes effect on June 7.

-Education Sector-

Schools in Kenya will re-open at the beginning of September after closing for five months due to COVID-19.

On Saturday, President Kenyatta said he expects progressive normalcy to resume in the education sector by September 1 and has directed the Education Ministry to consult with the Health experts so as to come up with a new calendar by mid-August.

“Following stakeholder’s consultations in the education sector – the Ministry of Education jointly with the Ministry of Health will issue and publicize guidelines on a gradual and progressive return to normalcy in the education sector by the Third Term, from 1st September, 2020,” the president said in an address from State House.

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