On Monday 6 July, President Uhuru Kenyatta issues warning of reverting to lock-down should the status of Covid-19 in the country deteriorate.
Speaking at his Harambee office the President noted that re-opening Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera, the country is more at risk than when the restrictions were in place. Therefore everyone must exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon.
By noting that the road to full recovery of the economy was rocky and even the country would navigate it. But to do that, the president gave two qualifications to the phased re-opening.
“By reopening Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera we are more at risk than we were when the restriction we’re in place. We must, therefore exercise caution optimism and avoid reckless abandon. I believe that although the path to recovery is rocky and uneven, it is navigable. And this is why I must give two qualifications to phased re-opening,” President Uhuru said.
“Firstly the order to re-open is given conditionally. Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, it shall be ‘clawed back’,” he added.
The president added that the next 21 days will be crucial for the country. the country will use the period to study patterns of interactions and the speed of the disease.
Any trend that signals a worsening of the pandemic with the same period, the President has said he will have no choice but to return to the lock-down at zero-option.
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President Uhuru added that the order to reopen the country will only bear fruits if Kenyans exercise shared responsibility to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“I intend to re-open and to remain open. The ‘clawback’ options are not on my wish list at all,” the president said.