President Uhuru Kenyatta has convened an extraordinary session of the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit to review the surge of COVID-19 infections across the country.
According to a statement released by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, the fifth extraordinary session of the summit will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020.
“The session shall review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions that were placed,” read the press release in part.
Dena also revealed that the summit looks to assess the preparedness of the different counties within the wider national response to the pandemic.
President Kenyatta had on July 6, 2020, rolled a phased opening of the country following lockdown restrictions that had been placed to tame the spread of the novel coronavirus. The phased opening included the lifting of travel restrictions, the opening of worship places as well as the removal of cessation of movement within counties like Mombasa, Mandera, and Nairobi.
However, since the easing of these restrictions, the country has registered a surge in new infections with the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passing the 12000 mark on Friday.
The numbers reported have sent shivers down the spines of many experts who believe the easing of restrictions has had a role to play. As President Kenyatta convenes the summit, the focus is now on him whether he will reconsider his July 6, 2020 orders.