By Denis Omondi
President Kenyatta’s seventh address to the
Nation on Covid-19 was dominated by his eight
point plan to economic recovery caused by
coronavirus pandemic, also worth noting was
the commander-in-chief hinting at possible
return to normalcy soon.
Majority of Kenyans are already jumpy and
cannot wait to see the restrictions lifted. The
coronavirus fatigue is real and is being felt
world over with some countries going ahead to
carry out phased return to normalcy.
“Stay home, Stay safe, let’s flatten the curve”,
has been our guiding principle right from the
moment we reported our first positive case. I
am, however, worried if we as a country have a
curve at all.
The numbers of Covid-19 confirmed cases have
a very unpredictable trend and I bet they can’t
give a regular curve. Do we know if we have
reached our peak? If yes then when was that
and if no then when will we reach it.
The health ministry had earlier predicted some
ten thousand confirmed cases by the end of
April. This never manifested. Here we are, still
going strong, getting into June with less than
two thousand cases. The model used was,
without a doubt, inaccurate and the explanation
was that the predictions are not cast on stone.
Some have since argued that the predictions
are unnecessary as they are scary, create
anxiety and very embarrassing .
CS Kagwe asked us not to drop the ball too
early. Am not certain whether it is time to ease
our restrictions. But just like other Kenyans, am
waiting for that time when the novel corona
virus will allow us to behave normally without
treating us abnormally and only time will tell .
Denis Omondi is a Journalism Student at Kenyatta University, Kenya