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State Extends Covid 19 Containment Measures

The government has extended the night curfew and several other COVID-19 containment measures in efforts to tame the spread of the virus as schools reopen tomorrow.

 

School going children in both primary and secondary schools are expected to resume physical learning on Monday after a nine month break since closure back in March last year when the first case of COVID 19 was reported in the country.

 

“The President has issued an Executive Order extending some of the containment measures to ensure that the eco-system within which our children are going to school remains manageable,” said CS Matiang’i.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaks on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in a Joint Press Conference on schools opening tomorrow led by Interior Cabinet Secretaries Dr Fred Matiang’i. Kagwe emphasized on the need for schools to follow his Ministry’s convid-19 guidelines.

Matiang’i made his remarks on Sunday during a multi sectoral briefing on the state of preparedness of the government and the education sector as students go back to school.

 

The CS said that the president issued the order this morning to ensure that the health of’ students is safeguarded just as he pledged in his New Year message.

 

The measures extended include closure of bars by 9pm as directed by the President on November 4 when he revised the night curfew to start at 10 pm end at 4 am.

 

President Kenyatta had also directed all government meetings to be held virtually so as to protect public servants and members of the public visiting their offices. At the time, he also ordered civil servants aged above 50 years and anyone with compromised immunity to work from home.

 

Schools were reopened partially in October 2020 for Form 4, Class 8 candidates and Grade 4 with the rest of the grades to join their colleagues as they all report tomorrow.

 

The Ministry of Health yesterday recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases, marking a sustained decline as schools prepared to reopen fully for physical learning.

 

 

By Alice Gworo

 

 

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