President Uhuru reschedules crucial meeting with Council of Governors

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has postponed the 5th Extra-Ordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to review the surge of COVID-19 infections in the country from Friday, July 24 to Monday, July 27,

The State House announced on Wednesday that the rescheduling was requested by the Council of Governors.

State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said the change was made upon a request by the Council of Governors.

“His Excellency the President has acceded to the request by the Council of Governors to reschedule the 5th Extra-Ordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to review the surge of Covid-19 infections in the country from Friday, 24th July 2020 to Monday, 27th July 2020,” Dena said in a press statement.

Kenyans have been anticipating another lock down after the relaxed regulations resulted in a surge of Covid19 cases.

The extraordinary summit will seek to assess the country’s preparedness for COVID-19 and review containment measures in the wake of surging coronavirus cases in the country.

On July 6, President Kenyatta eased some COVID-19 containment measures, among them the cessation of movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area and in Mombasa and Mandera counties.

The president however warned of the possibility of reverting to a lock down should the spread of the virus pose a threat to the health infrastructure.

“In the next 21 days we shall study patterns of interaction and spread of the disease. Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we shall have no choice but to return to lock down at zero option,” said President Kenyatta.

The meeting on Friday will review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions that were in place.

Since the restrictions were eased, Kenya has seen a significant rise in the number of cases reported daily.