Thousands of drivers and passengers were caught in traffic for hours after police blocked a major road in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and enforced a curfew to combat infectious diseases.
Videos and photos posted on social media showed that ambulances were having a hard time getting through the traffic.
Many have criticized the authorities for imposing this measure.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta introduced a curfew from 20:00 to 04:00 to deal with the third Covid-19 wave.
He also ordered bars, school closures, and movement restrictions in five counties, including Nairobi.
“The above measures have a negative impact on the economy, but these measures are temporary … the cost of not acting now will be much higher,” Kenyatta said.
At the time, the doctors’ union said there was no free intensive care unit due to the increase in hospitalized Covid-19 patients.
In Kenya, more than 151,000 cases of the virus and slightly more than 2,400 deaths have been identified.
The United Kingdom and the United States have issued a ban on travel to the country due to Covid-19 and other security concerns.
Kenyans have expressed their dissatisfaction online.
“Compliance with the necessary public health measures is not about torture as is happening on Tika Road, but about public dialogue and community involvement to save lives.” Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Global CEO of Amref Health Africa, tweeted.
The frustrated driver constantly shouted while some passengers decided to complete their journey by walking.
The standard news site took the sick baby to the hospital and talked to a couple who had been in a traffic jam for two hours.
“This is ridiculous. This curfew isn’t often implemented. Zero empathy, zero foresight. Hopefully thousands of other people stuck with this family are okay. COVID 19 measures are torture and No excuse for disrupting life. Citizen’s! Enough!! “Janet Bugua tweeted.
It’s unclear who ordered it, but three hours after the traffic jam began, the police barricade was removed and traffic began to flow again.
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