President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, April 25, ordered that the national curfew that was initially declared on March 25, 2020, would be extended.
In a press briefing by the president from State House, he stated that the curfew, which begins at 7pm and ends at 5am, would be extended for another 21 days.
He added that the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa and Kilifi would be extended for another 21 days.President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing a virtual meeting with the special coronavirus emergency taskforce on April 1, 2020.PSCU
"In accordance to the advice given to me by the National Emergency Response Committee on the coronavirus, the National Security Council has sanctioned that the cessation of movement to and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area and counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa that are currently in force shall be extended for a further containment period of 21 days," he declared.
"That the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew that is currently in force shall further be extended for a further period of 21 days," he added.
The president added that the security services would upgrade their alert and response to measures in every border to ensure that porous borders and security threats did not compromise the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The head of state further announced that the country had registered 7 more Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours.
He informed that the total number of persons who had contracted the virus now stood at 343.
Kenyans had been anxious, not knowing what the president would advocate for, following the end of the 30-day curfew that had been previously announced on Saturday.
"Kenyans should be left to go about their normal business. We'll die of hunger and police brutality if this thing is extended!" Timothy Kimani commented.
"Announce the end of the curfew, declare Kenya Covid-19 free and ask all Kenyans to assume they are safe," Martin Ochieng weighed in.
"An extension of the curfew by another month. Nothing less," Kush weighed in.
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