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REVEALED: Why Uhuru may extend lock-down for 2 weeks

Nana Ama

Jun. 27, 2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta may extend the partial lock down for another 14 days. This is according to a senior official from the Health Ministry. This information comes against the backdrop of a meeting between the national government and their counties counterparts.
”His Excellency is likely to extend the partial lockdown for another 14 days after the current 30 days have elapsed. This is informed by the poor levels of preparedness in the counties. The head of state does not want to gamble with the lives of Kenyans,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday told Governors that the decision to re-open the country’s economy will be informed by the level of preparedness by the devolved units to respond to COVID-19 infections.
The President said the decision will largely be determined by the counties capacity to effectively respond to new cases of COVID-19 imported into their territories. As things currently stand, the counties do not have any capacity to handle the spiking COVID-19 numbers. The two week extension is for the counties to put measures in place to handle the deadly the deadly virus.
“County readiness to respond to new imported cases of infection will largely determine our national readiness to re-open the country as a whole,” he said.
“I say this because the nation is the sum total of all the 47 counties. If the counties have met the necessary thresholds, then the nation will be ready to re-open.”
The President spoke on during a virtual meeting of the national and county governments coordinating summit that was also attended by Deputy President Dr William Ruto and representatives of religious and business sectors.
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