Hundreds of Kenyans were stranded at police road blocks mounted on all roads in and out of the capital, Nairobi, on Monday night as the country tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta banned travel in and out of the city for the next three weeks starting Monday night, with similar restrictions in the coastal city of Mombasa and the nearby areas of Kilifi and Kwale coming into force on Wednesday.
The capital city and the coastal areas have been identified as the epicentres of coronavirus disease in the country and the travel restrictions were intended to prevent the spread of the virus into other regions.
The country was already under a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew before the latest measures were announced.
The ban on travel in and out of Nairobi saw hundreds of commuters stranded in heavy traffic in attempts to beat the curfew time on Monday night.
Photos of stranded motorists have been shared on Twitter;
Mombasa Road at Small world Athi River, katani & kamulu are closed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta orders will be implemented completely.
Let’s stay indoors, safe @KenyanTraffic
— Erica (@_ericndemange) April 6, 2020