Kenya has been on a positivity rate recently which has led to low cases of covid 19. However, with the new covid 19 variant, Mutahi Kagwe, the health Cabinet secretary had an emergency meeting on 29th Nov. 2021 to weigh out the possibilities of reintroducing tough covid 19 measures and restrictions to avoid new infections during this festive season.
He gave a detailed information about the meeting stating that the meeting was held for the purpose of analyzing the country’s level of preparations to effectively handle the Omricon covid 19 variant that is recently spreading in South Africa.
According to Mutahi kagwe, the country should be able to have measures in place to curb the new covid variant given that the country is expecting a high number of tourists from all over the world during this festive season. For that reason, the cabinet secretary stated that Kenyans should expect a reintroduction of previously lifted measures such as lockdown and national wide curfew.
He however, urged Kenyans to wait for directives from NERC’s committee that is set to have a press conference on Tuesday NOV 30TH to announce the measures.
All passengers from south Africa were directed to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Kenya. These directives were given by Patrick Amoth who is the acting director general for health. He also directed the passengers to undergo several covid tests following the new variant that was detected in south Africa.
Countries such as USA, Rwanda have banned all flights from southern Africa countries but Kenya is yet to do so. This has caused an uproar from netizens who feel like the government is not having its citizens’ interest at heart.
“Our emergency hospitals are fully equipped and ready to respond to the covid 19 pandemic. Our trained team from all over the country are at standby to any emergency cases.” Amoth remarked.
Last month president Uhuru kenyatta lifted the national wide curfew, night travels fully reopening the country. sources have disclosed to us that the long-distance passenger service vehicles and buses were fully booked a month ahead of the Christmas celebrations. As it is in Kenyan traditions, Kenyans seek to travel upcountry during this season.