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CORONAVIRUS

Let's behave responsibly so we can start to open up

In Summary

• More than 1,200 Kenyans have tested positive and many more will be infected over the coming year

• 500,000 jobs have already been lost because of the lockdown and more will go if it continues much longer

President Uhuru Kenyatta gives the fifth presidential address on the coronavirus at State House, Nairobi, on April 25, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta gives the fifth presidential address on the coronavirus at State House, Nairobi, on April 25, 2020.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked his government to work on reopening the economy.

More than 1,200 Kenyans have tested positive for Covid-19 and over 50 have died from the disease.

We are in a situation where 'you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't'. As the President pointed out, the lockdown has already cost 500,000 jobs. Many more jobs will be lost if the lockdown goes on much longer. For instance, it is quite possible that Kenya Airways could go out of business if it does not start flying again.

 
 

Yet Covid-19 has not yet run its full course in Kenya. Many more will be infected and more will die. It will probably still be with us next year. The challenge is to keep the number of infections at a manageable level.

Everyone wants the economy to open up again but President Kenyatta and government will not feel confident about doing it unless Kenyans demonstrate they are socially responsible. So let's support government and make certain that we always wear masks in public, socially distance and follow the curfew.

Quote of the day: "Do not fear mistakes. There are none."

Miles Davis
The  American jazz trumpeter was born on May 26, 1926