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Old Town lockdown yields fruits-Gov’t

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[Interior CAS Hussein Dado in a recent press briefing in Mombasa].

The Government has expressed optimism that cases of Covid-19 in Old Town, Mombasa will decrease in the remaining 12 days of the lock down after residents agreed to comply with government directives.

Interior Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hussein Dado and Coast regional commissioner John Elungata said residents have also heeded government calls to stay at home.

Dado said loaders will be screened and allowed into Mombasa Old port to facilitate the loading to small ships delivering goods to Zanzibar and Somalia.

Port officials had said Old Town lock down had delayed the loading of some goods into waiting vessels because there was a shortage of loaders.

Routes sealed

Dado said police have managed to enforce the lock down with all the routes leading to Old Town managed by at least 5 police officers.

“We are happy that Old Town residents agreed to be tested and to stay in their houses and we hope in the next 12 days of the lock down the cases of Covid-19 disease will decrease,” said Dado.

Elungata said people delivering food and other essential commodities to the locked down area are being tested before allowed in.

Screening

He said those from neighbouring counties will also be allowed when they are attending to emergencies and will also be required to have undergo testing.

He also said police have instructions to close the ‘panya’ routes to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the Coast region.

[Police patrolling Old town area. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

“We are also making arrangements to test truck drivers in Mombasa before they collect cargo from the port,” he assured.

He allayed fears among residents of Miritini that they risked contracting Coronavirus if truck drivers are screened at the designated Miritini dispensary.

Dado later visited the Bonje police roadblock along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway at the border of Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi counties and commended officers for their dedication.

He however said more police officers will be deployed to arrest anyone using ‘panya’ route to sneak in and out of Mombasa during the restriction of movement period.