President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the government will lift the Nairobi-Mombasa lockdown.
Speaking at a virtual leaders forum on US-Africa trade convened by the Corporate Council on Africa, President Uhuru said that once the lockdown is lifted, domestic flights will be allowed. This is to set pace for opening up the skies in readiness of international flights as well.
While acknowledging that the COVID-19 response measures set by the Kenyan government have helped save lots of lives and prevent mass infections, Uhuru noted that the measuers have crippled the economy of the country.
He added that the informal sector, tourism and the hotel industry have suffered the biggest blow, and that his administration had put in place some measures to cushion vulnerable communities and businesses from the adverse effects of the pandemic.
The lockdown, which was extended on 6th June 2020 for a further 30 days eslapses on the 6th of July 2020, and its at this point that the Emergency Response Committee will either ease the current measures or tighten them.
The period given to the counties by the president to set up a 300-bed capacity is fast coming to an end, and as of Thursday, only 12 out of all the 47 counties had met the requirement, with the rest still racing time to meet the target.
The country surpased the 6000 mark of coronavirus cases on Sunday after 259 new cases were reported. So far the cases stand at 6,070, with the number of recoveries having increased to 1,971, while two patients succumbed to the virus, taking the national death toll from the virus stands at 143.