Saturday June 27, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has disclosed plans to lift the lockdown that has restricted movement into and out of Nairobi and Mombasa Counties as a measure meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.
He indicated that time has come for the Government to lift the lockdown while strictly adhering to the World Health Organisation’s guidelines.
“We are opening the inter-county lockdowns,” President stated during an online session with the Corporate Council on Africa Leaders Forum yesterday.
Uhuru had imposed a ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus “infected areas”, including the capital, Nairobi, before the usually busy Easter weekend of April 6th.
While addressing a question on the resumption of international flights, Uhuru stated that the country will first operationalise domestic flights.
For this to be possible, the restriction of movement in the Counties would have to be eased.
“We are going to be starting domestic flights and this is what we are going to use for the next couple of days because we are opening up the counties.”
“We will be [opening] the inter-county lockdown,” he stated.
Without revealing the dates planned for the reopening, Uhuru explained that even though the Government was eager to open up the country, caution was still on top of his mind in making the decision.
“The slow resumption of domestic flights will set the pace for us getting a date for opening up international flights,” he added.
He noted that the delicate balancing of the health of the people and the economy will inform the decision to open up the Counties.
“Since the pandemic, there has been just over 5,000 cases with 130 fatalities in Kenya.”
“The country has also enacted border closures and school closures in order to contain the virus, while also ramping up increased testing and contact tracing,” he stated.
The Kenyan DAILY POST