Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare a total lock down in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
During a presser, Joho said Kenya should learn from Wuhan, China the epicenter of the worldwide COVID-19 no where a shutdown of day-to-day activities has proved effective in containing spread of the pandemic.
“Why did Wuhan beat the virus? It is very simple a total shutdown. That is what has made them successful. They are even saying they will not allow other people to come to Wuhan where it all began,” said Joho.
He acknowledged that a lock down would bring along serious ramifications but pointed out it is a painful decision that the country ought to take.
“These are painful decisions… Do we need to take them? Yes! Of course. They could cost us… So be it. I want to go on record that I said it. There is a need to scale down on the things that we normally do in our day to day lives for the purposes of preventing coronavirus from coming in our midst,” added the county head.
The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya rose to 16 after one more individual was declared positive on Monday, March 23.