Kenya has closed her borders with the neighbouring countries of Tanzania and Somalia following the rise of cross-border covid-19 transmission.
In his address to the nation on Saturday afternoon from Statehouse Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his concern with the spike in the number of imported cases insisting that only cargo vehicles will be exempted from the directive.
The banning of movement is expected to last for 30 days with effect from Saturday night and that the truck drivers will be subject to coronavirus tests at the border points and only those who test negative will step foot on Kenyan soil.
“All drivers of the cargo vehicles shall be subjected to mandatory covid-19 disease testing and will only be granted entry into the territory of the Republic of Kenya if they test negative,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenyatta says of the 166 cases reported over the last one week, 3 of them are imported from the neighbouring countries of Somalia and Tanzania; 14 of them recorded in Wajir, 16 in Namanga, 2 in Lunga Lunga and one in Loitoktok.
“These 43 cases represent almost a quarter of the 166 confirmed infections during this last week,” said Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta’s order comes just days after Tanzania questioned the credibility of the test results of their truck drivers at the Namanga border stating that they could not be trusted as they were done without the supervision of their doctors.