President Uhuru Kenyatta has been urged to adjust the curfew hours from the current 10 p.m. to 9 p.m in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
In a statement on Thursday, March 25, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) advised the government to take additional measures to mitigate the spike in infections.
"On curfew and lockdown, we recommend the countrywide curfew to start at 9 p.m. till 4 a.m. for the next three weeks.
"Companies operating night shifts, night deliveries, and other essential services should be exempted," the body stated.KEPSA CEO Carole Kariuki Karuga during a previous address.KEPSA
To slow down community spread, KEPSA also urged the government to restrict all social gatherings including in homes for the next three weeks which included the upcoming celebrations to mark Idd and Easter holidays.
"Limit number of people attending funerals to below 15, reduction in numbers of people attending the physical meeting as well as policing the borders to minimize cross border spread," the alliance urged.
The Head of State had earlier capped the attendance of all ceremonies to 100 people.
The private sector also voiced its support for the ongoing vaccination campaign.
"We must intensify this campaign to ensure all Kenyans who want to be vaccinated are vaccinated by July 31, 2021," KEPSA added.
In addition, KEPSA further called on the government to increase the number of ventilators and field hospitals to boost the capacity of health facilities in the country.
Kenya is currently on the third wave of the pandemic which has seen a surge in the Covid-19 cases and a positivity rate of 16%.
The President extended the curfew for 60 days and banned all forms of political public gatherings in the country for 30 days.President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House on Friday, March 12, 2021.
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