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Uhuru announces conditional reopening of the country

The cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties shall lapse tomorrow (Tuesay) at 4am, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

Speaking on Monday afternoon at Harambee House, the president however extended the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew for 30 more days.

CONDITIONAL REOPENING

“By reopening Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandela we must be cognizant of the fact that we are all in danger and must have restraint,” President Kenyatta said.

The head of state however said that order to reopen is conditional and should the Covid-19 condition deteriorate, new measures will be enforced.

“We shall review interactions for 21 days and if they spike, we will lock down,” the president said.

The president also asked the public to minimize unnecessary movements and delay upcountry travels while also adhering to government protocols.

The head of state said the government has chosen health over the economy.

HEALTH ARGUMENT

“My administration chose the health argument over economic argument because we can always get an ailing economy back to its feet as we chose the path of working with partners to build on irreducible minimums,” he said.

He said that Covid-19 responsibility is not a demand placed on self or the individual by the state.

“It is a duty that you individually owe your countrymen. A voluntary work of goodwill,” he said.

In his address a month ago, the president had extended the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, the counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Mandera to today July 6.