Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta has pleaded with citizens not to lower their guard on the fight against COVID-19. Kenyatta said the nation must not succumb to the COVID-19 fatigues and should remain vigilant at all times in the fight against the pandemic.
Kenyatta lauded health workers who have given their all and challenged leaders to walk the talk and be on the fore front in the fight against the pandemic.
He said during a state of the nation address that though the containment measures adopted in the country in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and stemming the transmission rate, the country is still glaring at a tough battle.
The president has directed the country’s ministry of education to announce the 2021 academic calendar within 14 days. He said the government is carefully monitoring the gradual and phased reopening of schools which begun with the examination classes to ensure young Kenyans are safe and secure as they continue preparing for their national examinations.
The country recorded another 23 coronavirus related deaths with 919 new confirmed cases within the last 24 hours. Bringing the total cases to more than 66,700 and 1,203 deaths.
The worrying crisis of mental health in the country saw the president issued an executive order on the first formal mental health response plan.
Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules
Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.
In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.
But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.
Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election
Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.
Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.
His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.
S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases
South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.
Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.
Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.
The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.
One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.
Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.
The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.