Uhuru reschedules extraordinary summit on Covid-19 to Monday

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Jul 22nd 2020 at 14:44
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has rescheduled the 5th Extra-Ordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to review the surge of Covid-19 infections in the country from Friday, July 24, 2020 to Monday, July 27, 2020.

According to a statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, the Head of State acceded to the request by the Council of governors to push the meeting to Monday.

Ever since the cessation of movement order was lifted, the country has recorded high numbers, prompting President Kenyatta to call an emergency meeting of top officials to review the situation.

The summit will, among other things, assess counties’ preparedness within the wider national response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially now that most counties have registered at least a case.

Further, it will evaluate the overall national response and capacity, review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and assess the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions that were in place.

Dena said the meeting would also consider the evolution of the disease and the medical models on how Covid-19 may propagate over the months of August and September.

Prof Omu Anzala, an expert in Virology and Immunology at the University of Nairobi, on Tuesday stated that Nairobi is yet to hit the peak in Coronavirus infections.

Speaking during an interview on a local TV station, Prof Anzala did not commit to a figure but said that we will realise we have hit the peak when we record steady numbers over time then a decline will follow.

Initially, projections by experts suggested that Nairobi was likely to record 2000 cases per day by August but that is yet to be reached.

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