Interior Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado and Coast regional commissioner John Elungata have said residents have headed government calls to stay home that was crucial in minimising spread of Corona virus.
Dado said loaders will be screened and allowed into Mombasa Old port to facilitate the loading to small ships delivering goods to Zanzibar and Somalia.
Port officials had said the lock down of the Old Town had delayed the loading of some goods into waiting vessels because there was a shortage of loaders.
Dado said police have managed to enforce the lock down with all the routes leading to the Old Town managed by three to five police officers.
"We are happy that the residents of Old Town have agreed to be tested and to stay in their houses and we hope in the next 13 days of the lock down the cases of Covid-19 disease will go down," said Dado.
Elungata said people delivering food and other essential commodities to the locked down area are being tested before be allowed in.
He said those from neighbouring counties will also be allowed when they are attending to emergencies and will also be required to have undergo testing.
He also said police have instructions to close the 'panya' routes to stop the spread of coronavirus in the Coast region.
"We are also making arrangements to test truck drivers in Mombasa before they collect cargo from the port," he assured.
He allayed fears among residents of Miritini that they risked contracting corona virus if truck drivers are screened at the designated Miritini dispensary.
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