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We won't remain in curfew forever, Uhuru says as 31 new coronavirus cases confirmed

Health & Science - By Jael Mboga | May 23rd 2020 at 12:03:49 GMT +0300

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Kenyans the country cannot remain in lockdown and curfew forever.

His statement echoes that of many residents in the affected areas who feel the government did not consider their economic activities or gave them alternative solutions before implementing the lockdown and curfew order.

Some have called for a revision of the curfew hour, to have it start at 9pm instead of 7pm.

Addressing the nation from State House, Uhuru said the government was disbursing Sh250 million to vulnerable families to cushion them against the virus and the flooding in various parts of the country.

Sending money directly to the vulnerable groups was motivated by the fact that in the past, residents in distress were given relief food, but almost half of the aid was lost to brokers and cartels who dominated the supply chain.

The cash is now sent to families directly through M-Pesa, bypassing brokers and cartels that dominated the sector.

Such a process also boosts the local economy and gives families the ability to make choices in their local spaces, not lining up waiting for relief food.

He said the virus had hurt the economy, and worst hit were vulnerable citizens who now cannot afford to make ends meet.

He said with 31 new coronavirus cases confirmed, the national tally now stands at 1,192.

Families and the youth with hopes of a better tomorrow are no longer sure of it.

"As a government, we will do everything possible to help these vulnerable Kenyans."

He said Covid-19 will continue to undermine efforts set in place to cushion ordinary Kenyans.

"The rate of infections may surge upwards or fall," Uhuru added, noting that only complying with containment measures from the Ministry of Health will boost the fight against coronavirus spread.

Some of the measures set in place to flatten the curve of infections include the partial lockdown and the dusk-to-dawn curfew.

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