CS Kagwe's New Direction on National Curfew

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
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  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced an extension to the national curfew. The CS stated that the curfew will start from 10 pm to 4 am across the whole country.

    Additionally, the government announced that all public and personal meetings have been suspended countrywide. All government and intergovernmental meetings will also be virtual or postponed, according to the CS.

    All forms of physical congregational meetings should be done under the guidelines of the interfaith council. In-person worship is to be limited to a third of the capacity of places of worship.  The CS urged congregants to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre while indoors.

    A photo of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
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    All restaurants and eateries should observe the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

    Kagwe further stated that all employers should allow employees to work from home until further notice.

    The CS directed that all burials must be held within the 72 hour period of internment of their loved ones and avoid meetings that could lead to an increase of Covid-19 transmissions. Only 50 people will be allowed to attend the funeral.

    Speaking on Friday, July 30, Kagwe announced that schools will not be shut down. The CS maintained that the current data does not reflect increased cases among learners notwithstanding the morbidity and mortality among schoolchildren has been low.

    "To ensure safe and continued learning in our education institutions, all teachers are strongly implored to present themselves for vaccination against Covid-19," the Health CS stated.

    "As we speak today, our hospitals are full, you cannot get a hospital bed. Let's be more vigilant to avoid overwhelming our hospitals. And I am not scaring you," CS Kagwe added.

    Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai stated that no political gathering will be allowed anywhere in the country and ordered his commanders to enforce the law.

    CS Kagwe also announced that the government will be engaging with stakeholders from the Transport industry to establish how they will keep people safe and stop the spread of the disease. He further advised matatu drivers and conductors not to carry passengers without masks.

    The Health CS also disclosed that hospitals in Nairobi are stretched out and it is getting harder to secure a bed in case someone is to be admitted.

    "Nairobi hospitals are stretched out and the truth of the matter is, if you fall sick right now, it's unlikely that you will get a bed in Nairobi, the beds are full. I would like to urge those in home-based care to consult with doctors from time to time," he stated.