President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew and the cessation of movement from Nairobi by another 30 days.
Speaking during the national address at State House on Saturday, the president however relaxed the curfew hours which will now begin from 9 pm to 4 am from June 7, 2020.
According to the Head of State, the COVID-19 situation in Kenya does not meet a list of three thresholds for relaxation as advised by health professionals and public practitioners.
“The irreducible minimum for lifting restrictions has three thresholds; One, to open up, the infections must be contained and the number of infections and deaths must be headed downwards. This is currently not the case in our country,” he said.
In accordance with the advice of the National Security Council, the President also extended the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera by also another 30 days.
Residents of Kilifi and Kwale counties however breathed a brief sigh of relief after the president announced a lapse in the cessation of movement currently in place.
The cessation of movement in and out of the two counties will now lapse effective 4:00 am on 7th June 2020. The President also lifted Cessation of movement into and out of Eastleigh and Old Town effective 7th June.
“We must accept that we are not dealing with a right or wrong opinion we are caught in between two rights. Those who want to open the economy are right and those opposed to opening the economy are also right,We must speak truthfully to each other. The rate of infection in Kenya would have been very high had we not taken the measures we took.” he said
In the education sector, The president announced that the country will begin a gradual re-opening of schools from 1st September 2020 saying that he has directed the Education ministry to come up with a new Education calendar by mid August.
Further the ban on gatherings was also extended by another 30 days.
“The ban on public gatherings including and not limited to political gatherings, bars and public forums has been extended by another 30 days” he said
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.
The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport, supermarkets, and open-air markets.