President Uhuru Kenyatta assures of plans to re-open part of the economy as COVID-19 battle continues

President Uhuru Kenyatta. Image|Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the country will open up some parts of economic, as fight against COVID-19 continues.

The industries to be activated include micro, small and medium enterprises across the country in manufacture of basic medical equipment and supplies for domestic use and export.

“We will open up some sectors of the economy, including hospitality industries which will comply with the set measures and guidelines in the fight against coronavirus,” said President Uhuru.

Part of the directive employers and institutions that will be allowed to open is employee screening, and those that will not observe risk closure.

President Uhuru unveiled the National Hygiene program that will start on Wednesday 29, which will create job opportunities to the youth and thousands of Kenyans living in low income areas.

“The first phase of the national hygiene program for the next 30 days will employ 26,148 workers and eventually grow to over a hundred thousand of our youths,” said the president.

The first phase of the curfew aftermath led to a number of deaths, insecurity and rising cases of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, the president extended nationwide dusk to dawn curfew for a further period of 21 days.

The president also directed the extension is the restriction of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale, as cases rise to 343 in the country.

President Uhuru further urged Kenyans to be responsible and follow the set guidelines, warning that his administration will not hesitate to impose stricter measures.

On matters vaccine, the president dismissed plans to have a pilot test from the UK as reported by the BBC.

“Our institutions are coming together to develop a vaccine, if ready we will let you know but the other issues with UK vaccine, we do not know,” said President Kenyatta.

 

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