Grim 2020 as Experts Push Forward Covid-19 Curve Flattening

  • Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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  • Experts have predicted a bleak 2020 with their projections indicating that the Covid-19 curve in the country will be flattened earliest in January 2021.

    Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha on Wednesday, July 1, revealed the projections of health experts on Covid-19 after a meeting, findings that have an implication on the scheduled reopening of schools in September 2020.

    "We have also been reliably informed this morning by the doctors that the peak is likely to come in September and by the grace of God perhaps taper down around January.

    Basic Education PS Bellio Kipsang with CS George Magoha at the Kibra DO's office on January 27, 2020.
    Basic Education PS Bellio Kipsang with CS George Magoha at the Kibra DO's office on January 27, 2020.
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    "Whatever is going to determine whether we open or not will depend on whether social distancing can be achieved in schools," noted Magoha.

    In recent weeks the country has been registering high numbers of positive Covid-19 daily cases with most crossing the 200-mark.

    As of Tuesday, June 30, the country had recorded 6,366 positive Coronavirus cases, 148 fatalities and 2,039 recoveries.

    Magoha noted that reopening of schools would depend on whether social distancing could be achieved ahead of a planned resumption in September.

    The former Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chairman noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta would soon announce their decision on schools reopening.

    "We have reached a consensus. It is not my place to tell you which consensus we have reached but in good time the owner of the process will tell you which consensus we have reached.

    "We are consulting this is an all-inclusive process so that by the time his Excellency the President makes a pronouncement, it will be an informed one," he noted.

    Magoha hinted that schools would most probably be reopened in January when the country is expected to flatten its Covid-19 curve.

    On Sunday, June 26, Magoha advised Uhuru against reopening schools at a time when Coronavirus cases were on an upward trend.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta interacting with a student of Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School from Baragoi (Samburu County) at State House, Nairobi on Friday, November 1, 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta interacting with a student of Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School from Baragoi (Samburu County) at State House, Nairobi on Friday, November 1, 2019
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