Uhuru ordered closure of all institutions in exception of those who were doing exams or for medical schools in response to COVID-19 pandemic during his 15th presidential speech . The move of closing institutions disrupted nearly 17 million learners Worldwide. But speaking at state house on his speech in Nairobi on Saturday, May 1st, he addressed the nation and said that after one moth lockdown , the COVID-19 caseload within the five locked counties as they include; Kiambu, Machakos, Nairobi, Nakuru and Kajiado, has come down by 72%.
On April 12th, 2020 ,the education cabinet secretary, George Magoha assured all Kenyans parents and guidance that schooling will resume on May 10, 2021 and it is now good news as it has been approved by the president, Uhuru. Magoha observed that the COVID-19 infection rate. In addition, Magoha observed that the COVID-19 positivity rate in the country has reduced , thus quashing fears of opening schools dates being pushed ahead owing to a high COVID-19 infection rate.
The closure of schools have affected many students from street areas and villages. This is especially the case for girls in rural , marginalized communities and children with disabilities who were not able to access the internet for online learning. Upon the re-opening of schools , the learners' temperatures will be checked and they will also be required to use hand washing sanitizers before entering classrooms.
In addition, all Kenyans have a reason to smile because as of April 30th, 497 people tested positive from a sample size of 5,117 and out of the 497 people, 441 patients have recovered while 17 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This means that the rate at which people are tested positive is reducing and the number of people dying is also decreasing.
To sum up , the ministry of health reported that of the 17 deaths, 13 occurred within the last one month and four deaths are late death reports from facility record audits.
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