Following a surge in the number of positive coronavirus cases in the country in the last 38 days, President Uhuru Kenyatta has now announced the extension of the countrywide curfew, which has now been adjusted to 10pm to 4am.
Making the announcement, the president said the curfew will be extended until the 3rd of January 2021. He further directed eateries to close operations by 9pm while churches and social gatherings have been instructed to restrict gatherings to not more than one third of its occupied sitting.
“This morning, I chaired the Sixth Extraordinary Session of the
National and County governments Summit. Our agenda focused on
COVID-19 and the decision we made to de-escalate COVID measures
on 27th September 2020.”
“We interrogated our performance during the last 38 days of deescalation, and asked what we could have done better.We then reviewed where our strengths and weaknesses lay, and how we must forge ahead in the coming months. Today being the 38th day since we eased our COVID measures on 27th September 2020, a lot has changed. ” Pres. Uhuru said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has decried the high numbers of COVID 19 that have necessitated a review of the current containment measures. While terming October as the most tragic month of the pandemic in Kenya, President Kenyatta said the country’s positivity rate for the disease has shot up 4 times what it was in September at 4%, while October alone saw 15,000 new cases of coronavirus recorded.This has meant that hospital bed occupancy has also shot up.
“When we made the decision to re-open the country, our positivity rate had fallen from 13% in June 2020, and 7% in July 2020, to a low of 4% in September 2020. Our COVID bed occupancy had also gone down by 60% and we had flattened the curve to below the 5% positivity rate recommended
by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is what gave us the
courage to re-open and ease out COVID measures”.
“But 38 days later, we have experienced a reversal. If COVID bed
occupancy had gone down by 60%, giving us comfort to re-open in
September, the occupancy has now gone up by 140% during the 38
days of easing COVID measures. COVID positivity rate has also shot up from 4% in September when we re-opened, to an average of 16% in October. This is 4 times what the rate was in September”, he said.
The President announced new measures going forward, for the next 60 days in a bid to curb further spread of the virus. He direct all Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to scale-down all in-person engagements within Government and to take appropriate steps to foster the discharge of their mandates by themselves and their officers through virtual means where possible.
He also direct that all State and Public Officers aged above 58 years or who are immuno-compromised to work remotely. With the exemption of those serving the nation in critical sectors.
The President also directed learners who have already resumed learning to continue with their safety measures; with all other basic learning classes resuming in-person learning in January 2021.
And to foster the State’s preparedness towards the reopening of all other classes in our learning institutions, he urged Members of Parliament to engage their respective NG-CDF Boards with a view of finding ways to augment the existing interventions that are geared towards reopening. He urge them to make investments that focus on additional handwashing points, face masks, general sanitation and physical distancing of students and teachers.
Meanwhile, the President has suspended all political gatherings and rallies for a period of 60 days with immediate effect. He announced that the nationwide curfew is extended up to 3rd January, 2021, beginning tonight 4th November, between 10.00 pm and 04.00 am.
And in consequence of the variation of the 10.00 pm curfew, all bars,
restaurants, and other establishments open to the public have now been directed to close by 9.00 pm.
This even as the ministry of health has announced that 1,494 more people test positive for Covid-19 from 8,839 samples, raising the tally to 58,587.Meanwhile, 586 patients have recovered from Covid-19 bringing the total to 38,381. At the same time, the ministry of health has announced that 12 people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,051.