What are your expectations of President Uhuru Kenyatta's speech?

Hours to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement on COVID-19 measures, Kenyans have expressed their expectations on social media. On twitter, thousands aired their views on whether the president should ease lockdown measures through the hashtag #PresidentUhuruKenyatta. While some urged the President to lift COVID-19 curfews in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera due to the harsh economic times, others warned against the move citing the recent rise in infections.

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On July 5, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said Kenya’s infection curve is steep after 307 more people tested positive. On July 4, Kenya reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections in 24 hours with 389 confirmed cases.

“This is ample proof that the cases are rising and our curve is beginning to become steep,” said Dr Aman.

Here are some of the views:

Lessons from Madagascar, WHO warning

However, a spike in coronavirus cases reported in countries which eased lockdown measures could prompt the president to extend the lockdown measures.

On July 1, a top World Health Organization official warned that some countries with rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreaks might have to reinstate lockdowns and other restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

“We have seen countries that have been in overwhelming situations who have turned this around. It isn’t too late. It isn’t too late to use this comprehensive approach,” head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said.

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On July 5, Madagascar re-imposed lockdown measures after a surge in COVID-19 cases. The country’s capital Antananarivo was placed under lockdown two months after the restrictions were eased.

In April, President Rajoelina launched a herbal remedy he claimed cures and prevents COVID-19 infections.  However, no scientific study has verified the efficiency of the concoction.