Old Town residents to remain locked in for another 17 days

Police officers guard a street in Old Town. One of the neighborhoods placed under lockdown here in Mombasa due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.Anxiety has gripped the country as the presidents meets governors over a surge in COVID-19 cases COURTESY

The government has extended the cessation of movement in and out of Old Town in Mombasa and Eastleigh in Nairobi with another 17 days.

The 15 days cessation of movement was announced on 6th of May, 2020, and was to end on Thursday 21st May, but has now been extended to 6th of June.

Malls, eateries and restaurants within these areas will also remain closed, and hawking prohibited until 6th June 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health, Mombasa County recorded 30 new infections, 10 from Likoni, eight Kisauni, three Changamwe, three Nyali, three Jomvu and three Mvita.

The County now has 361 COVID-19 infections.

During the COVID-19 daily briefing on Wednesday, where he also received two mobile laboratories from the German government to enhance testing of the disease, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that Likoni and Changamwe are also becoming areas of concern in the County.

“In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases of 66 people infected with the disease, 64 of them are Kenyans and two foreigners. 30 of them are from Mombasa, 26 from Nairobi, Kajiado three, while Busia, Kisii, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kirinyaga, Makueni and Meru have one case each, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1029,” said CS Kagwe.

The 66 new cases were obtained from 2,621 samples tested, bringing the total number of samples tested to 49,405.

43 of the new cases are male and 23 females, ages ranging from 10 to 64 years.

Eight patients were discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 366.