28-09-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
"The Way forward", the line for the near future.
Not a speech like every month, not a normal update of restrictions and rules, but a real conference, that of the Kenyan Government on the national situation with regard to Covid-19, as if to close a chapter six months long.
After the ritual thanks of the Ministry of Health Mutahi Kagwe who noted "we have done a great job and we will continue to do it", the floor was immediately passed to President Kenyatta.
"We have experienced an unprecedented unity of purpose and so continuous and shared. Our response in fighting the pandemic has been consistent and decisive.
Now is the time to take stock and make a reflection after this period. What worked and what did not. We have learned many things and from the lessons we have had we can plan for the future. The "new normal" can be defined as a "known unknown".
We know the virus and its branches but we cannot know its future evolution and how we will be called to face it in the future.
After the necessary premise, the conference lasted almost 3 hours with the participation of all those involved in the decisions of the last months, from experts of the Health Department to ministers and managers of the various ministries.
At the end of the conference, the President's decisions on the near future of which we report the main ones in real time.
Kenyatta started like that: "It was necessary to close the economy, distance ourselves, remove children from schools. It was a paradox. But today we are faced with another paradox: the curve has flattened but the virus has not yet been beaten. We have passed to 4.4%. So we would be tempted to reopen, but we also know our vulnerability.
The possibility of a second wave of pandemic is real, the enemy is still with us and every day we record new cases. In any case, we have made progress in facing the pandemic and we have improved the health service, also thanks to the excellent collaboration between Government and counties. Now we have the best medical equipment deployment since Kenya is independent and we have more than 7000 beds in isolation wards. This applies not only to treating Covid-19 but all other diseases. Our goal is that Kenyans no longer have to travel abroad for treatment".
But all this is not enough to win the battle, you need the responsibility that the Kenyans have shown to date. We must continue to do what is necessary to achieve the goal: continue to wear the mask, wash your hands and respect the distances.
Curfew is extended for sixty days, but from 9 to 11 a.m. from tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29. Then from 11 pm to 4 pm.
The bars can reopen and the sale of alcohol will be resumed from tomorrow, but only until 10 p.m. and the bars will have to comply with the protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health.
SCHOOL: It is not yet time to reopen the schools, we must be able to ensure the protection of our children. The problem is not when to open, but how to open.
MEETINGS: The President further raised the maximum number of guests at funerals and weddings from 100 to 200 and said churches can host up to a third of their capacities.
Following all the other indications of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the continuation of social, economic and health life in Kenya and his full speech, on the portal of Italians in Kenya, Malindikenya.net
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