If they test people in Gikomba or CBD they will record more cases — Eastleigh residents lament the partial lockdown
By Vincent Kejitan | May 7th 2020
Eastleigh in Nairobi have lamented the cessation of movement in the area saying
it is some form of punishment.
believe the order is aimed at saving lives, others think they are being
targeted, suggesting there are other areas in the city that might have more
cases of COVID-19.
“We welcome the
government’s decision but we think it is knee-jerk. It is unfair.
“At the moment it
looks like a punishment and it will be very unfair unless the government will
give them stipends,” said Ahmed Asmali, a leader in the area.
are talking about the high number of Coronavirus cases in Eastleigh…this is
because there has been testing in Eastleigh for three days. If the government
went to gikomba or the CBD, for example, …they will probably get over 1000 cases.”
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday announced the cessation
of movement in and out of Eastleigh and Old Town in Mombasa effective May 6,
2020 at 7pm.
This will continue for the next 15 days but residents of the
said areas will be allowed to shop within.
No one will be allowed to move in and out of the areas and
public transportation has also been banned.
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This comes as Kenya recorded 47 new cases of COVID-19,
bringing the national tally to 581.
32 of the new cases are from Mombasa, Nairobi has 11 cases,
Busia 2, Kiambu 1 and Kwale 1.
Five new cases have been reported in Eastleigh while Old
Town has recorded 18 new cases.
The CS noted that Eastleigh and Old Town are hotspots and the government was forced to announce the new measures to curb the spread of the virus.
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