President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued conditions that will guide him in reopening the country once the current lockdown period lapses.
The President laid down the conditions on Thursday in a virtual meeting with Governors .
In the meeting, President Kenyatta said that the level of preparation for the coronavirus in each county will guide him in reopening.
“County readiness to respond to new imported cases of infection will largely determine our national readiness to reopen the country as a whole.” President Kenyatta said.
“I say this because the nation is the total of all the 47 counties. If the counties have met the necessary thresholds, then the nation will be ready to reopen.”
One of the thresholds that the national government had laid down for county governments was that each would need to have at least 300 isolation beds.
Chairman of Council of Governors and Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya issued a progress report on the matter to President Kenyatta.
In the progress report, the governor revealed that there were a total of 6,898 isolation beds in the country, against the target of 30,500.
Furthermore, only 12 counties had fully put up the 300 isolation beds. 34 on the other hand, were on course to meet the target.
Additionally, Oparanya also revealed that 36 counties all had a total of 343 ICU beds. Meanwhile,while 28 counties had 337 ventilators.
All threshold should be met
Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe President Kenyatta advised against reopening if the all counties were yet to meet the threshold.
A rush to reopen, he told the President, would lead to a surge of new infections, which would quickly overwhelm Kenya’s health system.
Kenyans are eagerly waiting for the 7th of July, which would be when the current lockdown period ends, for the next course of action.
So far, Kenya has 5,384 COVID-19 cases. The number of deaths stands at 132 while 1,857 people have fully recovered from the virus