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Survey: 68% of Kenyans are for lockdown

According to a survey conducted by Infotrak, 68 percent of Kenyans want President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Kenyans believe that a total lockdown is the only solution to combating the spread of the novel coronavirus,

“Majority of Kenyans; 68 per cent are supporting the enforcement of a total lockdown by the government of Kenya,” Infotrak said in a statement.

The report further indicated that, should lockdown be effected, 35 percent of Kenyans will not be in a position to manage the situation.

The findings by Infotrak indicate 75 per cent of Kenyans across the eight former provinces are worried about the virus and only 14 per cent of respondents said they are not worried.

The lockdown had more support in Eastern (77 per cent), Nairobi (73 per cent), Nyanza (70 per cent), Central (68 per cent), Rift Valley (68 per cent), Western (66 per cent) and Northeastern (65 per cent).

North Eastern and Nairobi are least prepared for a lockdown with 57 percent saying they are not prepared.

Whereas in Nyanza, Western and Coast follow with close to 38 percent saying they are not prepared in case a lockdown is initiated.

More people in rural areas (70 per cent) are in support of lockdown compared with urban areas (65 per cent).

The lockdown had more support from the retired people (80 per cent) followed by those who are self-employed in the formal sector (70 per cent) and least support from those in the informal sector (64 per cent).

Kenya has since recorded a list of142 patients who tested positive for coronavirus, four recoveries and four deaths.

With the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the government issued more stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus.

In an announcement on Sunday, Ministry of Health directed that persons who die of coronavirus will have to be buried within 24 hours from the time of death, with the burials being restricted to less than 15 family members.

Other measures include curfew which was enacted on March 27, social distancing, closure of schools countrywide, a limited number of passengers in all PSVs and handwashing using alcoholic based hand sanitisers among others.

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