Uhuru Announces 126 New Covid-19 Cases, Tally Surpasses 2,500

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House, Nairobi, in April 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House, Nairobi, in April 2020
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing the nation outside State House, Nairobi, on Saturday, June 6, announced that Kenya had recorded new 126 Coronavirus cases with 4 deaths.

    This brings the total tally to 2,600 with 83 deaths. 

    Kenyatta attributed the low cases to the restrictions set in March 2020, after Kenya reported its first Coronavirus case.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta giving his Madaraka Day Address at State House on June 1, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta giving his Madaraka Day Address at State House on June 1, 2020.

    "I wanted to open and it was my desire. All who wanted to open are right, same as those against it. If we had not taken the actions we had taken, approximately 75,000 Kenyans would have lost lives," Kenyatta stated.

    "Our health system should also be beefed up before we decide if we shall open. There are counties which have 10 beds in isolation and have already recorded 9 cases," he added. 

    The President also made key changes in regards to curfew and lockdown, extending the partial lockdown in Nairobi, Mandera and Mombasa for 30 days. The partial lockdown in Kilifi and Kwale was lifted.

    The total lockdown in Eastleigh, Nairobi and Old Town, Mombasa was also lifted

    "I direct that the cessation of movement in Eastleigh and Old Town Mombasa shall lapse at 4 am on June 7 and the cessation of movement in Kilifi and Kwale Counties shall also lapse at the same time," he announced. 

    In regards to the nationwide curfew, Kenyatta extended it for 30 more days and adjusted it to commence at 9 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. as opposed to 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    "This will enable Kenyans to work and be back home in time," Kenyatta explained. 

    Gatherings including bars were banned for another 30 days.

    Police set up roadblocks isolating the Nairobi Metropolitan Area on April 7, 2020.
    Police set up roadblocks isolating the Nairobi Metropolitan Area on April 7, 2020.