Cries to have the night travel ban lifted intensify

The public transport sector has joined hands with the medics in calling the government to lift the night travel ban, which was imposed last year April to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Public Service Vehicle operators have cited huge financial losses brought by the ban. Matatu Owners Association chair Simon Kimutai said that about 100,000 players in the sector had been recording losses since the pandemic struck.

Kimutai also stated that the night curfew subjects travellers to untold sufferings as they are forced to spend in the vehicles where it finds them.

“The night travel ban has inconvenienced small and medium-sized enterprises and ended up exposing many people to the virus, especially when they are forced to spend long hours in the public service vehicles,” he noted.

The operators also vowed to push their members to get Covid-19 vaccines, helping the government reach its goal of vaccinating at least 5.8 million people in the next 12 days to reconsider the travel ban.

The Kenyan government has set October 20 as the deadline for the 5.8 million people to be vaccinated in honour of the 58th Mashujaa Day since the country's independence.

Medics had claimed that the dusk to dawn curfew is not in line with the epidemiological trend in Covid-19 daily caseload, test, percentage positivity, and hospitalization data.

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