Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday extended containment measures in the country aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, including the 9 pm-4 am curfew, until the end of the month, reported CGTN Africa.
In a statement released on Monday, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the President will first hold a national conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on September 28 after which he will announce the containment measures that shall guide Kenya into the new normal.
“It is therefore notified for the General Information that His Excellency the President has extended the subsisting containment measures announced during the Eleventh Presidential Address up to Tuesday 29th September 2020,” he said.
The conference will review the national and county COVID-19 responses and will feature stakeholders from the entire spectrum of the country.
Kinyua said the conference will be a turning point in Kenya’s fight against COVID-19, and is expected to chart the way forward as the country adapts to a new normal.
“The national COVID-19 conference will be followed by the Twelfth Presidential Address to the Nation on the coronavirus pandemic,” stated Kinyua. “The address by the Head of State will unveil the containment measures that shall guide Kenya into the new normal.”
The conference will also outline a strategy for building and sustaining momentum with regard to recovery and resilience in a manner that ensures that Kenya bounces back better and stronger. Kenyans who have emerged as COVID-19 heroes will be recognized and honored for their exemplary service during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the government has urged the people to continue observing the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health, including proper wearing of face masks, rigorous and frequent washing of hands, and strict observance of physical and social distancing.
On Monday, Kenya reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 from 1644 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed positive infections to 37,079.