Kenya closes border with Tanzania and Somalia as imported COVID-19 cases spike

President Uhuru Kenyatta photo:file

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the closure of borders with Tanzania and Somalia.

During his state of the nation address on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the decision was reached after more cross border cases were reported in the country.

“Among the positive cases that have been registered in the country these last week a total of 43 cases have crossed the border from Tanzania and Somalia” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

29 of the cases have been recorded from individuals who have returned from Tanzania while 14 have returned from Tanzania.

“ That they will a cessation of movement of person and passenger and passenger ferrying automobiles and into and out of Kenya with the international Tanzanian border except for cargo vehicles effective midnight tonight” President Uhuru Kenyatta announced.

The president also extended the curfew the cessation of movement issued against Kilifi, Kwale, Mandera, Mombasa, and the Nairobi metropolitan up to 6th of June.

The dusk to dawn curfew has also been extended for another 21 days.

More than 4.6 million globally have been infected with the virus with Africa recording 80,220 cases and 2,658 deaths.