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Uhuru Convenes Intergovernmental Summit Amid Spike in COVID-19 Cases

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UPDATE: Wednesday July 22: 2.20pm: President Uhuru has rescheduled the Extraordinary summit on COVID-19 to Monday July 27 on the request of governors.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday July 20 convened the Fifth Extraordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to be held on Friday July 24, 2020.

In a statement seen by 254News.co.ke , the session has been convened following a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.

“The disease has so far infected 44 out of the 47 counties and it shall be a status conference that shall assess the counties’ state preparedness within the wider national response to the coronavirus pandemic and evaluate Kenya’s overall national response and capacity” read the statement by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo.

President Uhuru’s statement on convening the intergovernmental summit on Friday July 24. Source: Twitter

The summit will also review the effectiveness of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions put in place during President Uhuru’s last address to the nation on July 6.

“It will also consider the evolution of the disease and the medical models on how COVID-19 May propagate within the country over the months of August and September 2020” the statement continued.

The President finally called on all Kenyans to observe the COVID-19 containment measures in place such as social distancing, washing of hands and wearing of facemasks for the safety of individuals and collective safety of the Nation.

He eased the restrictions on July 6 that included the lapse of cessation of movement in and out of the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera as well as giving the green flag for resumption of domestic flights on July 15 and international flights from August 1.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a virtual extra-ordinary meeting of the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit at State House, Nairobi. Source: PSCU

He however warned that the partial lockdown would be reinstated if the pandemic showed no signs of slowing down.

“Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, we will have to revert to lockdown. In the next 21 days we shall study patterns of interaction and spread of the disease. Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we shall have no choice but to return to lock down at zero option,” said President Kenyatta.

He took a peek back at his last address on June 6, and the questions he faced then on whether or not to re-open the country, noting that they chose to prioritise strengthening the country’s capacity to handle the pandemic.

He cited meetings with the Council of Governors, education stakeholders and religious leaders among others.

“The question before us is have we as a country met the irreducible minimum? Are we ready to open?” Uhuru posed.

He stated that the country had not hit 100% on preparedness across the counties but had made significant progress.


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