COVID-19, a novel Coronavirus infection emerging in 2019, has led to an unprecedented infectious disease risk for all persons. The duration of this pandemic remains unclear, and the situation continues to evolve. COVID-19 will peak in different countries at different times and will impact each institution of higher learning differently.
Kenya reported her first confirmed case on 13th March 2020 following which the President ordered all institutions of learning to close down. Moi University was closed on 17th March following a Senate meeting on that day.
Currently over 9.2 million people have contracted Covid-19 worldwide leading to over 470,000 deaths. Africa has over 318,000 confirmed cases with over 8,000 deaths. As of 22nd June, 2020 Kenya had recorded 4,797 COVID-19 confirmed infections with 125 deaths. The most affected Counties are Nairobi, Mombasa, Busia and Kajiado. Thirty-eight of the 47 counties have recorded cases of COVID-19.
Moi University Management Board during its Special Meeting held on Friday 12th June, 2020 via teleconferencing formed a Committee on Preparation of Reopening of the University. This was a proactive measure to enable the University be adequately prepared awaiting directive by the Ministry of Education on reopening of educational institutions in Kenya.