Reprieve as Kenyans narrowly escape lockdown

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta.[Photo/State House]

Kenyans can now heave a sigh of relief following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 10 State of the Nation address since the coronavirus pandemic.

There were rumuors that a total lockdown was impeding, a position which sources say governor held following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country since the partial re-opening of the economy on July 6.

In his address on Tuesday at State House, the president steered clear of the issues only reiterating that Kenyans need to take personal responsibility in the fight against coronavirus.

He said that should the situation demand, he will not hesitate to “re-escalate” precautionary measures in taming the spread of COVID-19. He was referring to a lockdown.

However, Uhuru extended the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew for another 30 days.

He also banned the sale of alcohol in eateries and restaurants and directed that all bars which have been operating tobe shut down effective Monday.

He directed the Inspector General of Police to follow on the compliance of this order saying any bar found or restaurant found operating will have its license withdrawn immediately.

Further, he ordered that all eateries close at 7 pm from 8 pm which had been instituted over a month ago.

The Head of State also warned that guidelines set by the Ministry of Health in containment of the virus which bars political gatherings must be adhered to.

“All the measures that I will be announcing shall be applied to all citizens irregardless of their social standing,” he maintained.

On Monday, 440 new COVID-19 cases were recorded bringing the total cases to 18,043.