Kilifi closes borders as COVID-19 cases in Mombasa surge

A checkpoint .Kilifi county has closed down its borders as the number of cases in Mombasa county surges over the past 24 hours PHOTO COURTESY

All Kilifi County borders, entry and exit points, will remain closed to all including their staff members from this Tuesday following enhanced security measures, in what seems like a measure to cushion Kilifi from Mombasa county’s surging number of infections.

The latest statistics from the health ministry have shown new infection rates in Kilifi slow to near zero, remaining at 10, while Mombasa continues to experience a consistent increase in infections that have alarmed many.

During Monday and Tuesday’s health ministry briefing, Mombasa accounted for 14 out of the 26 new cases that had been reported across the country in 48 hours.

In a circular to all its staff including senior-most officers, Kilifi county announced drastic measures that included a total ban on entry and exit to everybody including staff members living outside the county.

“There should be absolutely no entry or exit of staff including all county government vehicles unless and with the express authorization of the county secretary and head of public services,” the circular, signed by the county secretary, read.

The circular authorized police and other security agencies to seize all county vehicles trying to access entry and exit points without approvals from the county secretary.

This latest communication means Kilifi county workers living outside the county including Mombasa, shall remain and work from home until advised otherwise.

The county warned its staff of dismissal and prosecution if found flouting these new directives.

Kenya is at day 40 since the first coronavirus case was reported, with indications that the country may avoid a full-blown infection scenario if safety measures continue to be enhanced.

So far over 2.5 million people have been infected by the virus globally, with over 170,000 deaths and 600,000 recoveries.