Twenty one percent of Kenyans were prepared for the lockdown measures imposed by the government to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
A recent study by OnePulse-Kenya also reveals that 28 percent of Kenyans feel the government is doing enough to protect them, and to curb the spread of the virus. The study also reveals that 37 percent of Kenya felt the lockdown is necessary.
The survey was conducted between the March 29 and 30 on the OnePulse’s trendsetting real-time response platform.
On March 26, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a number of measures in the light of spike in infections and deaths from Covid-19. These measures include cessation of movement in and out of five counties (Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru), a national ban on physical gatherings, limitations on number of worshippers attending church ceremonies, and revision of curfew hours, amongst others.
OnePulse spoke to 1,112 respondents (male and female) aged 18-65 years across the 47 counties in Kenya.
Though the lockdown measures inevitably angered a cross section of Kenyans due to the interruption of normalcy, 12 percent of respondents were in support of even stricter measures.
The lockdown has resulted in the loss of livelihoods especially in the tourism and hospitality sector. Many players in this sector though this was a year of recovery from the 2020 lockdown.
OnePulse is a research company that collects consumer insights/public feedback through the OnePulse mobile application (available in the App Store and PlayStore). The company’s headquarters is based in London. OnePulse has operations across various markets including USA, China, India and Kenya.