Editorials

Don’t drop your guard up

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Face masks. FILE PHOTO | AFP

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Summary

  • Kenya has recorded two cases of the new coronavirus variant first seen in South Africa, highlighting the reality that we aren’t out of the woods yet.
  • While the government has put in place measures and protocols to curb the spread of the virus, it is unfortunate that these measures are now being flouted flagrantly.
  • It seems we have lapsed to the business-as-usual mode.

Kenya has recorded two cases of the new coronavirus variant first seen in South Africa, highlighting the reality that we aren’t out of the woods yet.

While the government has put in place measures and protocols to curb the spread of the virus, it is unfortunate that these measures are now being flouted flagrantly. It seems we have lapsed to the business-as-usual mode.

For instance, the 10 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew is no longer being strictly adhered to. Some matatus in Nairobi operate past curfew hours and without observing the social distancing protocols.

Some long-distance public service vehicles operate at night. Social distancing in public places is being widely disregarded as are wearing of masks and hand hygiene.

While it behoves every Kenyan to be vigilant, the government must ensure that the protocols it has instituted are enforced.

The Ministry of Health should revive or step up the public awareness campaign that helped the country through the early months of the pandemic. We cannot afford to drop the ball at this time. Countries that have done so have paid a heavy price as Covid-19 cases have risen sharply and claimed more lives.