Uhuru begs Kenyans to take Covid-19 seriously

President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • President says many Kenyans are taking the threat of Covid-19 too lightly.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that Kenyans' lack of seriousness regarding Covid-19 has turned out to be his government's biggest challenge in the fight against the pandemic.

In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Mr Kenyatta said many Kenyans are "deliberately taking lightly the threat of Covid-19", adding that those who recently escaped quarantine at KMTC will be arrested and forced to complete the mandatory isolation period.

"What we have said is that those breaking the regulations we have given, no need to take them to the police station. Let them be taken to mandatory quarantine. If they break those rules again, take them back. We cannot have a few people erode the efforts we have made," Mr Kenyatta said.

"For those that escaped, we will get them and they must finish their quarantine period. We know you and we will find you. You can't be a burden on law abiding Kenyans if you were found violating curfew measures to tame Covid-19," he said.

He was speaking to Kenyans through leading Swahili radio stations of Radio Citizen, Radio Jambo, Radio Maisha, Milele FM and KBC Radio Taifa.

"Those that think this disease does not exist: For the safety of your family, and your loved ones, do that is necessary to protect them. Stay away. Do not put people at risk because you do not think it is serious," he said.

He also said that getting the re-agents required and the testing kits needed in the fight against the highly contagious virus was also another challenge.

STEP UP TARGETED TESTING

By this weekend, he said, Kenya expects to be testing as many as 2,000 people a day.

"We will do targetted testing based on estates where we have reported many cases. We will also do one for our health workers. We have just done one at the Kenya Ports Authority. What we need to do now is scale up," he said.

"We are expanding our testing capacities. We started testing 10, 20 people. Now, we have gone to as many as 1,000 people in 24 hours. And we are going to keep increasing these numbers."

Kenya's Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday, April 21 were 296 with 14 confirmed deaths.

A total of 74 people have recovered from the disease.

In all, Kenya has tested 14,417 samples.

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