Kenya Prepares to Open Schools, Markets and Churches, Suspend Curfew as it Announces 71 New COVID-19 Cases

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Coronavirus, Moses Wetangula, COVID-19

Kenya is continuing to receive a blow to its vision to open up the economy and let people fend for a living. Today, the government has confirmed 72 more cases of Coronavirus with 39 of them being Nairobi residents.

Speaking a week ago, President Kenyatta noted that the country can no longer continue enforcing certain measures because the virus seems to be here to stay. He said that the country must now look at new ways of combating the virus implying that he might lift the curfew which has been in place for close to two months.

Delivering his speech yesterday during the Madaraka Day event at state house, Kenyatta also implied that the country is looking at opening schools and churches noting that the country is God fearing and cannot continue restricting people not to worship at will. He directed the Ministry of Education to wind up discussions with stake holders and come up with a clear road map to the resumption of learning in all institutions.

Uhuru Kenyatta also directed Dr Fred Matiangi to engage with the clergy and members of the public to help in coming up with moderate measures that can be used to prevent the spread of the disease in places of worship when they are finally opened.

The 72 cases also shows an even distribution in the whole country and sweeps across ages. So far, more than 70 people have succumbed to the novel coronavirus. The infected population now close to 2,100 mark. 17 More patients have recovered today.

In Nairobi county, Kibera still takes the lead with more than 200 cases so far.

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