Kenya coronavirus: 2,021 cases; Uhuru issues reopening orders

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Kenya coronavirus: 2,021 cases; Uhuru issues reopening orders

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts.

This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. 

Kenya as of May 10 was the fourth most impacted country in the East / Horn of Africa region only behind Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia. Government also rolled out mass testing in virus hot spots, borders remain shut and a ban on public gatherings continues.

 

 

June 1: Cases cross 2,000 mark; Madaraka Day marked

Today, 59 people tested positive from 1,518 samples, processed in the last 24 hours. The total case load in the country to date is 2,021, and samples tested since arrival of the pandemic is at 80,054.

Meanwhile President Uhuru Kenyatta has tasked relevant ministries to work on easing of lockdowns imposed to curb spread of the virus.

Speaking during celebrations for Madaraka (Freedom) Day, the president said he would issue more guidelines in the coming days.

“I have directed the Ministry of Education to fast-track and finalize the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders that will provide an appropriate calendar for gradual resumption of education in the country.

I direct the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers,” he added.

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