Today is the 44thday since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in our country.
Over that time - we have demonstrated the RESILIENCE, COURAGE, and INGENUITY required to DEFEAT this INVISIBLE, LETHAL ENEMY.
This coronavirus has affected the whole world, some nations far more severely than others.
We have been spared the more terrible human cost so far because the Government followed the advice of our medical experts and acted quickly to stop this disease spreading and killing large numbers of Kenyans.
At the beginning of this pandemic, our Medical experts had projected 10,000 people would be infected by the end of
However,due to DETERMINED mitigation measures - we are now at 343 confirmed cases.
I thank the millions of Kenyans for showing DISCIPLINE and RESPONSIBILITY. Your attitude is saving thousands of families from grieving for those who would otherwise be lost to the coronavirus.
On behalf of a grateful nation, I also extend appreciation and thanks to the health and security officials standing on the frontlines against this formidable foe.
While we mourn the 14 that have succumbed to the disease, we also celebrate the 98 recoveries.
I am encouraged by the progress we have made but we are not yet VICTORIOUS. That is the reason why I want to announce the following additional measures.
In accordance to the advice of the National Emergency Response Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, the National Security Council has sanctioned the following additional measures to protect lives and our country:
That the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa that is currently in force be extended for a further containment period of 21 days;
That the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew that is currently in force be extended for a further period of 21 days; and
To ensure that porous borders and SECURITY THREATS do not compromise our response to this pandemic, the security services will upgrade their alert and response measures in every border area.
Additionally, counties of Mandera, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa have registered an increase in cases of infection. If this worrying trend does not reverse, more stringent measures will be taken in consultation with the County Governments.