President Uhuru Kenyatta has convened a stakeholder meeting next week (November 4, 2020) following a recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
“The session shall consider the evolution of the disease as well as the epidemiological models on how COVID-19 may propagate within our country over the months of November and December 2020,” said Kanze Dena, State House Spokeswoman.
She added, “The Session shall also review the efficacy of the containment measures in place, as well as the impact of the easing of the restrictions that were in place.”
The statement continued, "The extraordinary session has been convened in light of the resurgence of COVID-19 infections across our Nation, as exhibited by the fact that Kenya has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 monthly fatalities in October 2020.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 1,018 cases were detected since Tuesday, raising the country’s caseload to 51,851 since March 12, 2020 when Kenya reported the first case since the beginning of the outbreak in China in December 2019.
Kenya relaxed its coronavirus restrictions in September and has since seen a steady rise in the number of cases.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, Kenya reported the second-highest number of new COVID-19 infections in Africa over the past week.
In the same period, Kenya also registered the third highest virus deaths in Africa, with the total death toll now at 950.
Kenya lifted tough restrictions in August, when the airspace was opened for international passengers.
Other measures relaxed include re-opening bars and restaurants which had remained closed since March and allowing places of worship to resume services.
A night curfew was also extended from 9pm to start at 11p.m. to 4am.