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Africa: Kenya closes borders with Tanzania and Somalia, extends curfew for another 21 days

The Kenyan Government has closed its borders with neighbouring countries of Tanzania and Somalia to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic following the advice of the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, and the National Security Council.

The government has also extended the curfew imposed on the counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Mandera for another 21 days.

A statement by the government said: “In accordance with the advice by the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, and the National Security Council, I am directing as follows:

“That there shall be cessation of movement of person and any passenger ferrying automobiles and vehicles into and out of the territory of Republic of Kenya through the Kenya-Tanzania international border except for cargo vehicles, with effect from midnight Saturday 16th, May 2020.

“That there shall be cessation of movement of person and any passenger ferrying automobiles and vehicles into and out of the territory of Republic of Kenya through the Kenya-Somalia international border except for cargo vehicles, with effect from midnight Saturday 16th, May 2020.

“That 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.
That the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew that is currently in force be extended for a further period of 21 days up to and until the 6th June, 2020.

“That the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Mandera that is currently in force be extended up to and until 6th June, 2020.”

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