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Why Nairobi might remain on lockdown

@Arisnews 06/25/2020

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Kenya, with the country now past the 5000 mark in terms of recorded infections. The surge in these cases is worrying with Nairobi and |Mombasa counties recording the highest number of cases every day. Of the 5206 cases recorded as at 24th June 2020, 2,428 cases are from Nairobi. The city is considered to be the epicenter of this pandemic in Kenya partly due to the fact that it’s the capital city and there is a lot of movement and interactions.

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Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi giving the daily Corona Briefing

There is a general feeling that the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi will be extended. Sources within the COVID 19 emergency response team gave indicated that with the daily rise in the figures the president is likely to extend his order given when he delivers his speech on the 6th of July. We have seen many people evading the roadblocks mounted by the police in order to travel and this compounds the infection rates even further. An expose by Citizen TV revealed how this is done by drivers and policemen at various roadblocks. It is very unfortunate that the people are not really following the advice given.

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The ministry of health has predicted that the disease will reach its peak between August and September therefore and opening up of the capital city may aggravate the situation even further. In spite of the measures put in place many people are constantly defying these precautionary measures and at the center of it are the politicians who have been seen to hold regular meetings with large crowds.

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