Uhuru opens places of worship as Covid-19 cases reach the 8,000 mark

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Ninth Presidential address on the #coronavirus pandemic, Harambee House, Nairobi on Monday, July 6, 2020/ PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lifted the cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera in his address to the nation to the reprieve of Kenyans.

the President also announced partial reopening of places of worship but the worshippers must not be more than 100 per sitting, and teh service should take less than an hour.

He also discouraged people in the vulnerable age bracket from attending — less that 13 and more than 58.

Uhuru also directed the Ministry of Education to develop strict guidelines to ensure the safety of its students when schools resume

These directives were issued as the Covid-19 cases surpassed the 8, 000 mark.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Monday announced 181 new Covid-19 cases from 2, 131 samples tested in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of coronavirus cases to 8, 067.

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Four more people have died, bringing the number of deaths to 164, while 127 more patients have been discharged, bringing the number of recoveries to 2, 414.

Out of the 181 new cases, 179 are Kenyans while 2 are foreigners with 123 being Male and 58 female. The youngest covid-19 patient is four months old and the oldest is 79 years.

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Uhuru also addressed the issue of increased gender-based violence and teenage pregnancies in Kenya.

A recent report indicated 4000 school-going girls were found pregnant in the last four months in Machakos County alone.

In light of this problem, Uhuru directed the National Crime Research Centre to investigate the issue and prepare an advisory within 30 days as well as initiate immediate prosecution of all violators.

“Exercise civil responsibility and bring these unfortunate incidences to an end. If the family is under attack, the state is under attack. If the family is weak, the nation is weak,” he said.

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