Covid-19 has brought untold suffering to human populations world over. Many people have lost their lives regardless of their social strata. Many are still in hospitals' Intensive Care Units (ICUs) fighting for their lives.
The social and religious bond that held people together in families, churches and mosques has been broken due to physical distancing. Economies have shrank, political activities in some countries have been suspended and borders are partially open due to many containment measures and cross border protocols.
In Kenya, over 2000 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 since the disease struck in March 2020. An average of 800 cases are reported daily from samples tested in the month of march 2021. The president and the entire cabinet have been vaccinated in the on-going drive launched by the government.
It's against this background that Uhuru Kenyatta decided to zone and lock down five counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Nakuru. In these counties, there will be cessation of movement in and out of their boundaries. Curfew hours were revised to between 8pm to 4am for citizens in those counties. Learning in schools, colleges and universities have similarly been suspended with an exception of classes undertaking national examinations. This in addition to other containment measures. The unaffected counties continue with existing Covid-19 protocols. The president's speech is becomes the15th Covid-19 related address since the virus was first reported in the country.
Kenyans have also been warned by the Ministry of Health to strictly observe Covid-19 regulations such as wearing of masks, hand washing, physical distancing in public places and avoiding crowded areas. Those with symptoms have been urged to visit nearby health facilities to be tested. The health ministry also continues to do vaccination to priority persons such as the health workers, the police force, teachers and civilians above 58 years.
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