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Why Betty Kyalo,Governor Joho Believes Lockdown is the Best Option for Kenya

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Celebrated TV personality Betty Kyallo and Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho says that the only way Kenya can control the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is a total lockdown of the country.

Taking to her Twitter account, Betty said that the government needs to contain the dreadful virus as soon as possible to avoid going the Italy way.

Adding that Kenyans stop taking Coronavirus outbreak as a joke and maintain social distance.

“Are we doing enough really? Italy started with 2 cases end of January, now they have 59,000+ confirmed cases, over 5,500 deaths. Kenyans are not changing. We are still playing with death. #LockDownKenya, “reads part of Betty’s tweet.

The TV beauty queen went on to explain that if one gets infected he/she can’t work/hustle so it’s better to first take care of our health and that of our children and that the government should take care of the less fortunate.

“Imagine it like this. If you get Infected you can’t work/hustle so first we take care of our health and that of our children. The government should take care of the less fortunate, other countries are doing it,” she explained.

So far, Kenya has confirmed 15 cases of coronavirus and the government is trying so hard to put in measures in order to contain the spread of the dreadful virus.

However, her tweet has mixed reactions with some seconding her while others are against arguing that a total lockdown will affect business and casual labors who depend on hand to mouth will suffer a lot.

Here are some of the reactions.

 

Addressing a press conference in Mombasa, Joho maintained that the country needed a shutdown in a manner similar to the lockdown witnessed in Wuhan, China, and Italy – the new epicentre of Covid-19.

The governor stated that while a shutdown could have unwanted negative impacts on people’s lives, it remained the most viable solution to combat Covid-19.

Suleiman Shahbal enjoys a light moment with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho in a photo tweeted on Thursday, March 19, 2020
Suleiman Shahbal enjoys a light moment with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho in a photo tweeted on Thursday, March 19, 2020
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“A complete shutdown is what has made them change the conversation. Now they’re saying we will not allow other people into Wuhan, where it all began.

“These are painful decisions, yes. But do we need to take them? Yes, of course. They could cost us, so be it! But we have a responsibility.

“Don’t listen to me if you don’t want, but I have told you. I want it to go on record that I said it. There is a need to scale down on the things that we normally do in our day-to-day lives for the purposes of preventing Corona coming into our midst,” Joho asserted.

Joho noted that several major locations in the world had been shut down including religious sites such as Mecca.

He spoke hours after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases had risen to fifteen after eight more individuals tested positive.

“I know it’s a painful decision, it’s not easy. It’s very hard. But I don’t want to be in a position where in the future I’m asked, governor, you were there, what did you do?

“I have to take responsibility. It can be costly, it can be unpopular but we are at a time when leadership must check in,” Joho stated.

A lockdown or shutdown is an emergency protocol triggered by authorities meant to restrict people or information from leaving an area.

Two months after a lockdown was ordered in the province of Wuhan, China reported its first day with no domestic transmission of Covid-19 on Thursday, March 19.

 

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