There will be no lockdown, Uhuru says

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past address PHOTO:File

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out ordering a lockdown the country over COVID-19 pandemic.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, Mr. Kenyatta instead urged Kenyans to adhere to regulations put in place to fight the coronavirus onslaught.

He reiterated that the state is mindful of the economy during this crisis.

“We did not want to lock down the whole country. We allowed those that can go to work to do so, but follow the guidelines laid out. We are still working to ensure that other services like farming and food production go on,” he said.

The president also ordered police to arrest those who escaped from 14 days quarantine at KMTC on Tuesday and compel them to complete the isolation period.

“To those breaking the regulations we have given, no need to take them to the police station. Let them be taken to mandatory quarantine. If they break those rules again, take them back.,” he added.

Kenya has 296 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 14 deaths and 75 recoveries.