It has emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta might extend the Nairobi lockdown in a bid to control the coronavirus pandemic.
An official from the National Emergency Response Committee has stated that Nairobi’s rising cases is a worrying trend and lifting the cessation of movement might make matters worse.
As of June 23, Nairobi had 2,424 cases, nearly half of the 4,952 cases countrywide.
“An extension of the lockdown of the city is very likely in July,” said a member of the National Emergency Response Committee.
The cessation of movement is expected to end during the first week of July.
At the same time, Mombasa which is under lockdown is also under lockdown and experts believe that based on these factors, the government has n0o reason to lift the cessation of movement.
Global public health specialist Bernard Muia said if the curve will not go down, the government will have no justification to reopen the two cities next month.
“We are in a catch-22 situation because the economy is also suffering. But if we adhere to the public health guidelines, then the government can partially reopen the economy,” Dr. Muia told the Star.
He said Nairobi is likely to remain the epicenter of the epidemic in the country.
“Nairobi is 100 percent urban, the population density means people live close to each other. Covid-19 being airborne you expect cases to be concentrated in urban areas.”
Dr. Muia, who is a former Nairobi Health executive, also noted the capital city and Mombasa had high seeding rates.
“Nairobi started with more cases and at first we didn’t have serious public health response guidelines,” he said.
On June 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa for 30 days.