Speaking on Thursday morning, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi pronounced with the high number of COVID-19 cases, only Grade four, Class eight, and Form four candidates might proceed with their studies in the short term.
“In light of the current curve, we shall sustain it at grade fours, class eights, and those who are doing their national exams as we analyze the situation to see what happens.” She stated
The CAS pointed to the difficulty of observing social distancing in learning institutions and among learners saying Kenya has to adapt and learn to survive with the virus.
CAS Mwangangi called on parents to remain calm asking them to ensure their sons and daughters are equipped with protective gear as well as helping them to comply to safety measures.
At the same time, Dr Mwangangi asked on Kenyans to strictly comply to COVID-19 containment protocols adding that the possibility of another surge should be taken seriously.
“The warning of a second wave by the CS should be taken seriously. Experts are telling us we are not doing well, our curve is climbing,” She said
Mwangangi blamed the surge in COVID-19 circumstances to Kenyans ignoring the containment measures maintaining that the disease is still here and everyone should hold their guard.
“49 people are currently in ICU admission for COVID-19. The numbers are real. We are pleading with Kenyans as a Ministry to keep wearing their masks, washing hands, and adhering to all safety measures,” Dr Mwangangi said
She said the Health Ministry is studying at all factors such as the compulsory wearing of face masks and using community administrators to guarantee safety standards are adhered to at the community level.
The CAS revealed that all possibilities including imposing another lockdown, are on the board to increase the safety standards maintaining that the Government must guard its citizens.
COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 46,144 with 858 deaths registered since the first instance of the disease was recorded in the in March.