President Uhuru Kenyatta has today issued a presidential address on the Covid-19 pandemic from State House, Nairobi.

During the address, the Head of State lauded his administration for taking necessary measures to combat the pandemic.

According to President Kenyatta, prediction models indicated that one million Kenyans would have contracted Covid-19 and 150,000 could have died.

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta. |Photo| Courtesy|

In view of the above, the president announced several measures aimed at combating the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Some of the measures include;

Banning of all political gatherings in Kenya for 30 days

The head of state prohibited public political gatherings in the country, stating that they are key in the spread of the deadly virus.

"Cognizant of the propagation of Covid-19 within our borders has been fueled by large public and social gatherings today I direct that all forms of gatherings are prohibited for a period of 30 days effective midnight on this March 12, 2021," President Kenyatta declared.

Funerals and Weddings

He directed that funeral and burial services of Covid-19 victims in the country be strictly conducted within 72 hours.

President Kenyatta ordered that crematoria and funeral services be limited to a maximum of 100 attendees.

"Marriage and other union ceremonies be capped at 100 person," he ordered.

Worship Services

The President ordered that only one third of the total capacity be allowed in places of worship.

Curfew

The President has extended the curfew for an additional 60 days, meaning it will expire in May, 2021.

Bars and Restaurants

The Head of State has directed that these facilities should be closed by 9pm across the country.

 Social distancing, hand washing and wearing of masks

The President urged Kenyans to continue observing personal hygiene and maintain social distance in a bid to avoid contracting the virus. He also emphasized on the need to continue wearing masks in public places.