Kenya is considering cushioning those affected by the lockdown on a case-by-case basis: Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at a press conference at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on April 1, 2021. / Courtesy photo: State House
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at a press conference at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on April 1, 2021. / Courtesy photo: State House

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday the government would be investigating case-by-case cases of people negatively affected by COVID-19 containment measures.

The President answered questions from journalists at the State House in Nairobi from journalists.

A section of the heads of state and government and the Kenyan public had urged the president to relax the restrictions announced on March 26, in response to a sharp increase in new infections every day.

The containment measures include a longer nationwide curfew at night, a partial lockdown of the land in high-risk areas, and the closure of some non-essential businesses, including restaurants and bars.

Containment critics argue that many Kenyans will remain unemployed and businesses will run aground.

Kenyatta’s remarks were echoed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who also spoke at the State House briefing.

Odinga was optimistic that the government will find a way to mitigate the negative economic effects of COVID-19, especially on those most at risk in society.

President Kenyatta also urged media workers to use their platforms to curb the further spread of COVID-19 in the country by exposing those who violate the Covid-19 protocols.

As of Thursday, Kenya had reported 135,042 infections with 2,167 deaths.

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