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Uhuru extends curfew, ends cessation of movement
By Fay Ngina | Updated Jul 06, 2020 at 13:50 EAT
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President Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo/File)
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 Uhuru stated that lifting the cessation of movement means that we would be more exposed to the COVID-19 and urged Kenyans to be their brother’s keeper.

He, however, said that the country will revert back to lockdown should the cases continue to increase.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the 9pm to 5am curfew and lifted the cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties starting Tuesday, July 7.

Speaking on Monday at Harambee House, Uhuru stated that lifting the cessation of movement means that we would be more exposed to the COVID-19 and urged Kenyans to be their brother’s keeper.

He, however, said that the country will revert back to lockdown should the cases continue to increase.

“Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, we will have to revert back to lockdown.

“In the next 21 days, we shall study patterns and interactions and the spread of the disease. Any trends that signal the worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to lockdown,” said Uhuru.

Uhuru says the decision to partially reopen the country was informed after most counties met a reasonable level of preparedness.

The president also announced that local air travel shall resume by July 15 and International flights from August 1, under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines.

The head of State also directed places of worship to start phase re-opening, however congregants under 13 or over 58 years should not be allowed.

He added that only 100 people will be allowed in the places of worship, but for only one hour.

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In addition, only certified public transport vehicles will be allowed in and out of previously contained areas, provided they follow guidelines by the Ministry of Health. 

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