The government now says it will extend the curfew, or even implement a lockdown, should Kenyans continue ignoring safety guidelines.
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said on Monday that the extension would be considered if the infection curve fails to flatten after the curfew period.
Kibicho also said that the government is closely monitoring specific estates in Nairobi county to determine their level of spread and consider if they need to be put under total lockdown.
When we came up with the curfew we had some specific expectations, it will be an exercise in futility to say let’s continue as normal when the curve is not flattening.
Remember we had objectives to achieve and if we haven’t achieved them, then we will ask the government to extend curfew.
The curfew was imposed on March 27 by President Uhuru Kenyatta which was expected to last for 21 days. Over 415 people have been arrested across the country for flouting government directives. Among those arrested were county MCAs, GSU officers, and even prison officers who were found enjoying themselves in bars.
Kenyan youth have also come under fire for calling an ambulance at midnight to escort them back home. One of the group members went ahead to record their ride back home as a show of defiance.
The latest act of defiance was that of 39 women who attended a wedding in Nasra estate. Following their arrest, they were taken for quarantine at the KMTC, Nairobi, where they will stay for 14 days. The women told police that they were few but the number swelled up after several youths joined them for the wedding.
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