600 people arrested in Nairobi for flouting COVID-19 rules


FILE PHOTO: A police officer stops a car at the start of the lockdown restrictions ...
FILE PHOTO: A police officer stops a car at the start of the lockdown restrictions set by the government to prevent the rampant spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Eastleigh district of Nairobi, Kenya May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

In Summary

  • On March 26 this year, President Kenyatta announced a halt to all movement from five counties as the COVID-19 outbreak reached its worst ever stage in the country.
  • At the time, the positivity rate of coronavirus cases in Kenya had hit 22% compared with January’s 2%.
  • Latest statistics point to a positivity rate of 11.8% with the country’s cumulative number of positive cases at 145,670.

At least 600 people were arrested in Nairobi County for flouting COVID-19 rules on curfew, restricted movement and wearing of masks.

On Sunday alone, a total of 150 were arrested after they were found in violation of restriction of movement from five counties tagged as one zone and reviewed curfew times.

“The suspects were found gathering illegally, others were caught past curfew hours in different places and some were found in entertainment joints without masks,” said Augustine Nthumbi, the Nairobi County Police Commander.

The police boss said the violators of the COVID-19 rules were released on cash bail and will appear in court on Monday.

On March 26, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a halt to all movement from five counties as the COVID-19 outbreak reached its worst ever stage in the country.

Under the new directive, Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru would be treated as one zone and residents would be barred from crossing over to other counties.

“You can therefore move freely within the five counties. You will not however be able to leave and enter the One Zoned Area,” Nzioka Waita, the Chief of Staff at President’s office, said on Twitter.

Public gatherings in the zone were suspended. In-person schooling, apart from for students taking exams, was suspended across the country.

At the time, the positivity rate of coronavirus in Kenya had hit 22% compared with January’s 2%.

Latest statistics point to a positivity rate of 11.8% with the country’s cumulative number of positive cases at 145,670.

Positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested.

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