Covid-19: Garissa County Under Partial Lockdown

  • Garissa Governor Ali Korane hands a garment to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa when he visited Garissa on February 27, 2020
    Garissa Governor Ali Korane hands a garment to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa when he visited Garissa on February 27, 2020
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  • Another county on Thursday, April 23, joined a growing list of counties that have barred movement across their borders.

    Daily Nation was the first to report that Garissa Governor Ali Korane made the move in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

    In a statement, the county boss noted that the county's borders with neighbouring Isiolo and Wajir Counties were being shut because there was an increased cases of people sneaking in from high-risk areas.

    Garissa became the sixth county where a cessation of movement in and out of the areas had been imposed.

    File image of Garissa Governor Ali Korane
    File image of Garissa Governor Ali Korane
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    The closure came just a day after Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Wednesday, April 22, ordered for a partial lockdown of Mandera County following the rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region.

    "That there be a cessation of movement by air and road into and out of Mandera County for an initial period of 21 days, commencing 7 p.m. today, 22nd April 2020," Matiang'i stated in a statement.

    The CS issued the directive after the county had recorded several Covid-19 cases, with Governor Ali Roba calling upon intervention by the national government to tame further infection.

    The order was proceeded by the daily Covid-19 brief by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who confirmed a further 7 new cases in the country from 707 tested samples on Wednesday, April 23.

    "The government has today directed restriction of movement inside and out of Mandera County," announced Kagwe after the total cases in the county rose to 8.

    Other counties under partial lockdown include Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi.

    The virus has claimed 14 people in Kenya after 303 tested positive for the disease.

    Mandera Governor Ali Roba (centre) and members of the county's medical team are pictured at the Mandera County Referral Hospital on April 1, 2020.
    Mandera Governor Ali Roba (centre) and members of the county's medical team are pictured at the Mandera County Referral Hospital on April 1, 2020.
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