Why Uhuru Should Declare a Lockdown
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With the extended 30 day curfew and movement restriction in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera expected to expire on 6th July, Uhuru should declare a lockdown due to the following reasons.
To begin with, the country is not yet free from the COVID-19 pandemic and this is due to the increased COVID-19 cases that have been reported in the country since the onset of June where increased COVID-19 community transmissions have been witnessed in the country at an alarming rate.
With more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases in the country, Uhuru should consider adopting lockdown as a new COVID-19 containment measure to prevent the further spread of the virus in the country.
Adopting lockdown as a new COVID-19 containment measure could help flatten the COVID-19 curve and play a key role in COVID-19 contact tracing that is becoming the new headache to the ministry of health.
In addition to this, the ministry of health had projected a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the month of September where the country is expected to record 200 COVID-19 cases in a single day.
Due to this reason, Uhuru should declare a lockdown on 6th July when the extended curfew and movement restriction order comes to an end to avoid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases as projected by the minstry of health.
While many Kenyans have been calling for the end of COVID-19 containment measures on 6th July, the COVID-19 situation could worsen in the country if Uhuru will go ahead and end these containment measures.
Though many Kenyans have decried of lack of jobs and disruption of businesses as a result of these containment measures, ending them at a time when the country is experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases could see the country experience the same situation other countries like Italy and Brazil have been experiencing as a result of premature ending of COVID-19 containment measures.
Uhuru should consider declaring a lockdown as the extended curfew and movement restriction in Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera end on 6th July