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Domino Effect & The National Quarantine Against COVID-19: Casing Out Kenya

COVID-19 has become and international threat and nation states are implementing responses based limited data and limited lessons learnt from Wuhan, China. The measures taken are categorized either as: “Doing Nothing, Mitigation, or Suppression, ”. The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, last December, and has now spread to more than 171 countries and territories globally. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic and available data shows more than 307,000 confirmed cases and an excess of 13,000 deaths. Globally, more than 92,000 patients have recovered.

To avoid a situation that may lead to more infections resulting from ignorance from the public or disobedience, it is critical for the governments to invest more in research that can support their decision-making processes.

African countries have followed international partners in responding to COVID – 19, with the governments taking steps towards national quarantine processes. As an example, Rwanda has taken several measures to curb the spread of the virus as the number of confirmed cases rose to 11 since March 14. The latest measure came into force with the suspension of arriving and departing commercial flights for an initial period of 30 days. Initially, the government announced the temporary shutdown of schools, universities, and places of worship for two weeks amid concerns on the spread of COVID-19. According to the BBC, South Africa has declared a national disaster and announced a ban on travel from the worst-affected countries.

Morocco has shut hammams, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and mosques after reporting 28 cases and one fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. In Tanzania, the Ministry of Health has announced that two more people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in the country to six. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 350 people have been diagnosed with the virus across Africa. Seven people have died while 42 have recovered. In Kenya, county governments have imposed stricter restrictions than those announced by the president by banning public gatherings. This has forced the closure of nightclubs and open-air markets and athletic training camps. The measures seek to prevent a major outbreak on a continent with poor health services.

There are genuine concerns on the well-being of those who live hand-to-mouth, but overall Kenyans are willing to cooperate with the authorities in the bid to stem the spread of Corona virus. The impact of corona virus is yet to be analyzed in full. Scofield Associates does not justify disobedience and noncompliance. We make an analyst’s argument that the implementation of government directives without a review of the impacts of the decisions, is detrimental to the republic of Kenya. This will result to civil disobedience as a resulting effect as seen with the Mirraa traders in Mandera County.

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