President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, September 21, extended the dusk-to-dawn curfew that begins from 9 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. by two days.
In extending the curfew period that was to lapse on September 26, Uhuru seeks to host a national conference on the pandemic on Monday, September 28.
The meeting will seek to chart a responsible path forward for Kenya, outline a strategy for building and sustaining momentum with regard to recovery as well as showcase good practices that strengthen the economic resilience.
After the meeting, the head of state will address the nation on the way forward.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media outside Afya House in June 2020FILE
The Head of State also ordered that all the Covid-19 containment measures announced during the Eleventh Presidential Address on August 26 be extended as well.
That means that, for the period, bars and nightclubs will remain closed.
“In the next 30 days, bar owners, in consultation with the Ministry of Health will develop self-regulating mechanisms as part of their civic responsibility to their clientele, in order to allow their resumption,” he directed at the time.
He also declared that the maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals and weddings was reviewed upwards to 100, asserting that those in attendance had to abide with Ministry of Health Protocols.
His announcements came shortly after the country’s Covid-19 cases crossed the 37,000 mark with deaths hitting 650.
“As we enter the third week of September Nairobi continues to lead with the number of confirmed positive cases out of all the 47 counties with a cumulative total of 20,253 cases,” announced Health CAS Rashid Aman as cases totaled 37,079.
In August, the Head of State had acknowledged that the infections had reached a more manageable level with experts indicating that the infection rate had fallen from 13% in June to 8%.
This, Uhuru attributed to majority of Kenyans having exercised a reasonable level of civic responsibility in observing Covid-19 protocols.