Kenya closes its borders with Tanzania and Somalia over increased Coronavirus cases
Kenya has movement across its borders with Somalia and Tanzania to curb the spread of the killer Coronavirus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday announced that all movement of persons and vehicles across the borders is banned immediate Saturday night, except for cargo trucks.
The president said the drivers of cargo vehicles entering Kenya must undergo mandatory testing for Coronavirus, and those found to have the disease will be barred from entering the country.
“I would like to announce the following measures aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 disease in Kenya: Cessation of movement of persons, passenger ferrying automobiles into and out of Kenya through the Kenya-Tanzania international border except for cargo vehicles, cessation of movement of persons, passenger ferrying automobiles into and out of Kenya through the Kenya-Somalia international border except for cargo vehicles and mandatory COVID-19 testing for all drivers of cargo vehicles. Only drivers who test negative will be permitted into the country,” Uhuru declared.
The decision was arrived at after 43 new cases in Kenya in the last one week came through the said porous borders.
Through the Wajir border with Somalia, 14 cases of Coronavirus crossed from Somalia.
At the border of Kenya and Tanzania, 10 cases crossed through the Isabenia entry point, 16 through the Namanga border point, two through Lungalunga and one through Loitoktok.
The president also revealed that 78 foreign truck drivers tested positive for the killer disease at the various border points and were denied entry into Kenya.
So far Kenya has recorded 830 Coronavirus cases after 49 new cases were confirmed on Saturday.