June 6th 2020 finally arrived with Kenyans following the live televised broadcast on what President Kenyatta would announce on the way forward. So far, Kenya has 2,862 positive covid-19 cases with 85 deaths. The President alluded to the memes he saw trending that day of how Kenyans wanted him to open up the country, citing freedom, but he said he will not do it at the detriment of the country as much as he wanted to, for the sake of the economy. He posed a question on the country's health care institutions, were we ready to offer home care at the risk of exposing loved ones to the virus? The institutions are already overwhelmed stating that Siaya had only 10 bed capacity isolation ward with 9 confirmed covid-19 cases. This brings us back to the key discussion on our Universal health coverage, systems and health care facilities being a huge component on its success or lack thereof.
President Kenyatta after consultation with the team of experts announced the following:
- 30 day extension of the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew, although the new time is 9pm-4am.
- 30 day extension on the cessation of movement, in and out of Nairobi metropolitan areas, Mombasa and Mandera counties.
- Closure of all bars, large gatherings and international travel.
- Lifting of cessation of movement orders on Eastleigh in Nairobi, Old town in Mombasa and Kwale and Kilifi counties.
- Ministry of Education to issue the new academic calendar by mid-August working towards opening of schools in September.
- An inter-faith council to be formed by the Health and Interior Ministries to reopen places of worship.
- Resumption of local air travel, protocols to be developed by the Ministry of Transport.