Why Uhuru Should Not Lift Curfew and Movement Restrictions on 6th July
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The 30 day extended curfew and movement restriction in Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera is set to expire on 6th July with many Kenyans calling for the end of the curfew and movement restriction due to the negative effects it has caused on many businesses and jobs.
While many Kenyans have been affected by these COVID-19 containment measures, the President should not lift the COVID-19 containment measures such as curfew and movement restriction atleast not for now due to the following reasons.
To begin with, the COVID-19 containment measures have at a greater length helped the country curb the further spread of the virus in the country, if the government had not declared a cessation of movement in areas that were identified as COVID-19 hotspots then the virus could have spread to other areas that had few or no cases at all and this could have overwhelmed the healthcare systems in the country which could not handle a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Lifting movement restriction in Nairobi and Mombasa while these counties are still recording increased COVID-19 cases could be cause the further spread of the virus to other areas hence a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
In addition to this, curfew and movement restriction have undoubtedly played a key role as far as contact tracing is concerned, lifting curfew and lockdown while the country is still experiencing COVID-19 community transmissions could slow contact tracing and even lead to the further spread of COVID-19 since people's movements and interactions in and out of different areas will greatly increase.
Furthermore the ministry of health had projected an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in September where the country will be recording 200 COVID-19 cases in a single day, lifting curfew and movement restriction after such a projection by the ministry of health could see Kenya record a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Lifting curfew and movement restriction on 6th July while the country is still recording COVID-19 cases could see Kenyan facing the same situation in Italy and Brazil where there was a second wave of COVID-19 surge after premature easing of COVID-19 containment measures.