Why Nairobi Could Go Back To Lockdown- CS Kagwe

The CS was speaking in Nairobi where he also sounded the alarm on the Delta variant of COVID-19 hitting the country as it battles the third wave of the virus. 

Why Nairobi Could Go Back To Lockdown- CS Kagwe

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe sounded a warning to residents of Nairobi over the probability of a return to lockdown following a resurging spike in COVID-19 cases. 

The CS was speaking in Nairobi where he also sounded the alarm on the Delta variant of COVID-19 hitting the country as it battles the third wave of the virus. 

Additionally he warned Nairobians that they are at great risk owing to the increasing positivity rate in the country. 

"The Delta variant of COVID-19 is the main one hitting the country as we still battle this third wave. Also, Nairobians, watch out, you are at great risk," he said in his presser. 

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on July 28, 2021 warning about the Delta variant of COVID-19. /FILE

He also offered a possible lifeline to Kenyans regarding the dusk to dawn curfew by President Uhuru Kenyatta, though they'll have to wait a bit longer for the decision to scrap off the curfew or retain it. 

CS Kagwe added that they were in consultations with experts who will advise the government on whether to do away with the curfew or not. 

"We will review the dusk to dawn curfew and see what is best for the country. Currently, Nairobi is the one that is concerning us because of the increase in positivity rates here. 

"It is important for the Nairobi people to know that they stand at most danger as far as current spread of the virus is concerned," the Health CS added.

Nairobi on Wednesday recorded 391 COVID-19 cases out of the 1,006 positive cases nationwide, from a sample size of 5,584 tested across Kenya the last 24 hours.

The capital was one of the five counties hit with a fresh lockdown on March 26, 2021 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, others including Nakuru, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos. Tighter curfew rules were imposed on the counties, timing beginning at 8 pm and ending at 4 am, but were reversed on May 1, 2021 to align with the rest of the country.

Uhuru extended the dusk to dawn nationwide curfew by 60 days on June 29, 2021 and until July 31, 2021, for the counties of Kisumu, Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Siaya, Homa-Bay, and Migori.

While addressing the nation at State House, Uhuru maintained the curfew hours from 10 pm to 4 am for the rest of the country, and from 7 pm to 4 am in the 13 counties that were declared COVID-19 hotspot zones individually and collectively owing to an increase in cases.

"The nationwide curfew shall continue to be observed from 10 pm to 4 am for a further 60 days. Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay, and Migori to observe curfew between 7 pm and 4 am until July 31," he said.

Other than the 13 counties, the president stated that places of worship remain open amidst strict fidelity to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council and Ministry of Health.

"That the prohibition against public gatherings is extended for a further 60 days."

All persons coming into the country were asked to come bearing a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, acquired not more than 96 hours prior to arrival.

In regard to funerals, cremations, and other interment ceremonies, President Uhuru directed that these ceremonies shall be conducted strictly within 96 hours of confirmation of death.

"That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies shall be limited to 100 persons in total," he added.

All hospitals were further directed to limit the number of visitors for hospitalized patients to one visitor per patient per day.

"That all other rules, guidelines, and protocols not reviewed through this Public Order shall continue to apply until otherwise notified," the president noted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address to the nation on June 29, 2021. /PSCU