Government to issue localised lockdowns on Covid-19 hotspots

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  • President Uhuru today, 4th of November held a virtual meeting with National and County government officials.
  • In the meeting, they discussed about the upsurge of Covid-19 numbers in the country and how it can be contained.
  • The President in a press briefing pointed things that might have led to the rising numbers and how they can be reduced.
  • The president gave new orders on how the country will proceed going forward in dealing with Covid-19

President Uhuru today, 4th of November 2020, convened the 6th extraordinary meeting with National and County government official to address the upsurge in Covid-19 numbers.

In his address to the nation, the President gave new orders that would see reduction of the increasing Covid-19 numbers. Among the orders, the President stated that the government will enforce localized lock downs in places that are deemed a hotbed for Covid-19. This means that if a certain area records regular Covid-19 cases, residents of that specific area will be restricted of movement. They will be under the government’s watch and will not be allowed to mix with the rest of the public until the virus is contained.

The President also mentioned that schools will remain open for class 4, 8 and form 4 as the rest of the learners continue staying home. This statement was a contradiction of what Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha had said earlier. The CS had indicated that school would open for classes 3, 7 and form 3 but President Uhuru had a contrary order.

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Some of the other orders President Uhuru gave today include;

  • Nationwide curfew extended to January 3, 2021.
  • From today, curfew to be enforced between 10 pm and 4 am.
  • All bars, restaurants and other establishments to close by 9 pm.
  • Ministry of Interior ordered to constitute a special enforcement unit made of up of National Police Service, National Government administration officers and supplemented by county government inspectorate units to jointly enforce all COVID-19 protocols.
  • All operators of hotels, bars and eateries that sell alcohol asked to ensure enhanced compliance with Ministry of Health protocols on COVID-19, failure to which will lead to their businesses shut down.
  • All CSs, CASs and PSs directed to scale down all in-person engagement in government and discharge their mandate through virtual means where possible.
  • Directives governing religious gatherings remain unchanged. However, any indoor gatherings, other than for funerals weddings shall have no more than a third of its ordinary sitting capacity occupied at a given sitting. Those who fail to adhere to these and other COVID-19 guidelines will be barred from gathering.
  • No masks, no services in government and private facilities.
  • Localized lock downs may be issued in areas and counties that will witness upsurge in COVID-19 numbers.
  • All state and public officers aged above 58 years and those with immune challenges to work remotely. This is with the exemption of those serving the nation in critical sectors.
  • Grade 4, Class 8 pupils and form 4 students to remain in schools and continue learning under heightened safety measures on COVID-19. Preparations for national examinations to continue.
  • All basic education learning to resume learning in January 2021.
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