Friday Nairobi lock-down looms as Covid-19 infections surge


President Kenyatta during the 9th Presidential address on the #CoronaVirus pandemic, Harambee House, Nairobi on Monday, July 6th 2020. PHOTO: COURTESY

By Albert Nyawawa

A second lock down of the City County of Nairobi could be announced this coming Friday after President Uhuru Kenyatta convened an emergency session of national and county governments summit on the same day to deliberate on rising confirmed Covid-19 positive infections around the country.

Any such announcement by the President is likely to also include cessation of movement orders for other areas of the country especially Mombasa and Kiambu Counties that have continued to register worrying surge in the number of coronavirus infections.

In a Monday press statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo seen by The Times, the President says he has convened the Friday meeting following a surge of covid-19 infections around the nation, with the disease now having manifested in 44 out of 47 counties.

The Friday intergovernmental meeting to be chaired by the President will discuss the usefulness of current containment measures in place and review the consequences of phased reopening as announced by the President on July 7, 2020,

The meeting will also discuss the state of preparedness in the counties and evaluate at the overall national capacity to respond to the pandemic.

Evolution of the corona virus disease and medical on how covid-19 may propagate within the country within August and September will also be discussed.

The President has now called upon Kenyans to apply the simple but yet most effective individual and collective measures of wearing masks in public spaces, applying correct face and hand hygiene at all the time, observing physical and observing social distancing regulations.

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