President Uhuru Kenyatta has hinted at re-imposing tough restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19 over the spiking numbers.
Uhuru yesterday admitted that there have been discussions on the best measures to take in the wake of the increasing number of infections and deaths from the virus.
Among the options the president said the government has been battling with is whether to re-impose the closing of the economy as they did when the first cases of the virus were reported.
“We are going through that difficult time where we are now wondering what to do. Do we close up? We shall be coming back to that. Not today, but soon,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, during celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) as an independent province yesterday.
He said Covid-19 was a serious problem and he was worried that the numbers have been growing over the last few weeks. He commended the church for observing the protocols to prevent spread of the disease, saying people should use the church as an example of institutions that have adhered to the Covid-19 containment measures.
The president is expected to convene a crisis meeting this week with county governments to address the resurgence of infections and its effects. The meeting will look into the existing models on the spread of the disease, and how the disease is evolving. The month of October recorded 16,663 infections and 285 deaths.
“We don’t have to (close) if only people would observe and would be caring for their fellow citizens. It is possible to keep Covid-19 at bay and lead a normal life,” he said.
He emphasized that when they were reopening the economy in September, they advised that people take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus, but most people have not adhered to the basic rules such as social distancing, sanitizing and wearing masks.