Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, on Wednesday, March 18, addressed the possibility of a total lockdown as confirmed cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Kenya rose to seven.
Kagwe had announced that three individuals, a Burundian national and a couple from Spain who all landed in Kenya from Dubai on March 17, and March 4, respectively, had tested positive for Covid-19.
Having previously stated that a lockdown was an option on the table, Kagwe stated that the National Emergency Committee would initiate a lockdown if they were advised to do so by a team of experts currently tracking the cases and creating models based on likely scenarios.
"We will come to that point when the NEC has determined. We are not working by ourselves. We have got a very strong team of experts in this area, who are modeling,” said CS Kagwe.
Kenya facing a lockdown should not seem like news to Kenyans. Especially because several countries around the world have already been put on lockdown to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, which has claimed over 8,000 lives worldwide.
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Lockdown is an emergency protocol triggered by authorities that usually prevents people or information from leaving an area.
A number of countries affected by Covid-19 have already implemented nationwide lockdowns, among them Italy, France, and Spain.
Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday, March 9, for instance, announced a dramatic national lockdown that included movement restrictions, a ban on all public events, the closures of schools and public spaces such as movie theaters, and the suspension of religious services including funerals or weddings.
Military police were deployed to highways and railway stations among other areas to enforce the movement restrictions and travel ban.
The idea of a lockdown could be made possible after speculations emerged of Nairobians potentially relocating to other towns in the country, which could aggravate the spread of the virus.