Uhuru drops hint at lifting national night curfew soon

Thursday, February 11th, 2021 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta condoles with the family of former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae, led by his son Charles Nyachae, at their Nairobi home yesterday. Nyachae died on February 1 at the age of 88 and will be buried on Monday. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday gave the clearest indication he would soon lift the 10pm to 4am curfew imposed in a bid to stop the spread of Covid.

Though not exact, Uhuru who was addressing city residents after opening the new cargo consolidated centre, said he will soon re-open the country but pleaded with Kenyans not to drop the guard on the anti-Covid safety measures.

Leo sio siku ya kuongea hiyo lakini siku haiko mbali ile ambayo nitafungua hii nchi. Lakini tujue kwanza lazima tujichunge na tuchunge wenzetu kwanza wale wazee (I will open the country soon but kindly protect yourselves and loved ones, especially the elderly),” said Uhuru amid cheers from the crowd.

Kenyans have been requesting the government to lift the curfew. They argue that though the curfew is meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, it has impeded economic recovery, yet other health protocols have largely been disregarded. 

In his last address on Covid-19 protocols, Uhuru extended the curfew to March 12 and banned rallies and other political gatherings.

When the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in Kenya in March last year, the government closed schools, imposed curfews, banned public gatherings and at one point restricted movement in and out of the most-affected regions.

So far the country has recorded more than 100,000 cases of infections, with 1,774 cumulative deaths.

However, in the past weeks, the positivity rate has been going down, offering the country glimpses of hope.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced more deaths and infections even as the country keeps close monitoring on the Covid-19 protocols. 

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