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Government Urged to Reopen the Economy

a file photo of president Uhuru Kenyatta during a media briefing at state house, kenya

A member of a team that advises the government on corona virus has urged authorities to reopen the economy and remove restrictions imposed to curb the spread of covid-19.

a file photo of Mutahi kagwe during corona briefing

Professor Omu Anzala, a virologist and immunologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Nairobi, said that while managing the immediate health crisis is vital and necessary, there is also need to look at stability of the economy. He said reopening should be done while putting in place stricteasures like enforcing wearing of masks and washing hands or sanitizing.

a file photo of Prof. Omu Anzala, a virologist during a tv show

"This virus is hear with us and it is now becoming endemic and we are going to leave with it like the influenza virus, things need to be moving. Do you think it's just the coronavirus that kills people? The economic shutdown will kill many," he said.

a file photo of Prof. Omu Anzala during a tv show

Professor Anzala, a member of the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC), the team behind the modelling of Covid-19 trends, says the government needs to drive the vaccination agenda while urging more people to take a jab.

a file photo of Prof Omu Anzala taking corona vaccine jab

"We must be real. Kenyans are locking themselves in bars at night, Matatus are carrying full capacity and other violations of the restrictions. We need the economy to be opened and urge individual responsibility," said Professor Anzala, who also advises the president.

a file photo of health Cs during a media briefing

He said that with the availability of the vaccines, the government should aim at vaccinating million Kenyans a week so that we get the numbers up and allow people to do their businesses.

a file photo of Prof Omu Anzala in a past event

The Covid-19 pandemic has injected an unprecedented amount of uncertainty into the kenyan economy as prices of key commodities, including fuel and food rise.

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Department of Mutahi Omu Anzala Uhuru Kenyatta University of Nairobi


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