No parallel Jamhuri Day celebrations in counties over Covid-19 pandemic

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No parallel celebrations will be held in the counties during this year’s Jamhuri Day.

This follows extensive consultations between government and expert advisors which concluded such events will potentially accelerate Covid-19 infections.

The region is experiencing a new wave of of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

The Omicron variant has been designated as a variant of concern by the WHO and presents with some deletions and more than 30 mutations in the spike region.

 As announced earlier, only 11,000 guests have been invited to the main Jamhuri Day event at the redesigned Uhuru Gardens. The celebrations will be aired live on media outlets.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said from 8am-5pm Covid-19 vaccination stands will be set up at Uchumi Langata grounds from Friday December 10 to Sunday December 12 to allow invited guests and members of the public get jabs as part of the ongoing mass vaccination drive.

The PS expressed satisfaction with the renovations that he described as ‘95 percent complete’.

Holding the national celebrations at Uhuru Gardens will be a deviation from the tradition of marking the day at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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