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Kenyans stranded, defiant as movement ban bites

President Uhuru Kenyatta barred movement into and out of Kenya’s four regions most affected by the new coronavirus on Monday, including the capital Nairobi.

His order tightens restrictions already in place to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory disease it causes. It applies for 21 days and also includes the port city of Mombasa and the counties of Kilifi and Kwale.

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However after the order, a section of Kenyans set out of the city to their rural homes on Monday evening.

Some were caught up at road blocks. Others invented tricks to beat the road blocks, alighting near the barriers and walking past via footpaths.

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In Kangundo, a similar incident was recorded where hundreds of residents who work in Nairobi resorted to using informal footpaths popularly known as Panya routes to escape the police roadblock placed on the main highway, reports Pulse.

The development came as President Kenyatta on Tuesday morning warned that he would be forced to implement a total lock down if the current measures were not observed