Hours after inspecting and commissioning a few projects in Nairobi city in the company of the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta went back to State House where he held a press briefing to talk about a few issues as well as commission Kenya's donation of some census equipment to other African countries in need of them.
Among the issues that he talked about was the COVID-19 induced lockdown of the five counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Machakos and Kajiado which he announced in his March 26th address to the nation.
After delivering his speech and letting Raila do the same, the President allowed journalists to ask some questions and as expected, a number of them revolved around that lockdown.
One question that got the President explain himself in detail about the lockdown was asked by a KTN reporter called George.
George asked the president if there's a specific date on which lockdown will be suspended and if at all there are measures to cushion Kenyans from the adverse effects the lockdown as they wait for that day.
In his reply, President Uhuru said that lockdown will only be suspended after positivity rate in the affected counties has come down from the highs of 27% to below 5%.
"You must first recognize that this lockdown is different from the last one where we had to lockdown the whole country. This time we locked down some counties because the rate of positivity wasn't across the country but some specific counties.
It's our hope that within this 30 day period and hopefully even sooner when we'll be able to bring that curve down to below 5% that we shall be able to resume normal operations," he said.
He also added that "we've not locked down the whole economy, we've locked down some specific areas that've been identified by our experts as being super-spreaders."
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