Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday 16th May closed all borders to Somalia and Tanzania citizens effective Saturday midnight after recording increased coronavirus cases brought in the country by cargo truck drivers from its neighbors.
Kenyatta closed all the borders leading to the said countries and banned all movements across for 21 days.
“In the last week, we have witnessed increased imported cases among individuals crossing into the country through our borders. These areas have become areas of grave concern,” Kenyatta told the nation in a televised news conference in Nairobi.
On the case of cargo drivers, Kenyatta said that all drivers coming into Kenya shall undergo mandatory COVID19 testing on arrival and thereby granted entry into the Kenyan territory if they test negative.
The president further said that a total of 43 cases recorded in the country over the past week had been imported from Somalia. He said that 78 truck drivers who were foreign nationals tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease and were denied entry into different East African countries.
Kenya has so far recorded 830 cases, 50 deaths and 301 recoveries.
The Ugandan cases however is still worrisome. The sudden increase in the coronavirus cases has brought a lot of fear to the citizens whose hope for the end of the lockdown is slowly proving impossible with the most recent and highest number of cases in a day being 43 recorded on Friday 15th. All these cases were from truck drivers and majority were non Ugandans.
The president has however not yet come up with any measure to curb the issue of foreign cargo truck drivers.