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Kenya: Curfew Extended by 21 Days

Kenya’s positive cases of Covid19 stands at 343 of which 98 people had recovered and that the death toll remained 14. Seven days have passed since the last reported death.

President Kenyatta made these announcements in an address to the nation from State House Nairobi

In the same an extension of the nationwide 7pm to 5am curfew by 21 days was given. Mr Kenyatta said the decision to escalate and de-escalate the restrictions will be made based on scientific and medical advice and how vulnerable the country is to large-scale infection.

Same extension of the cessation of movement order affecting Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties by 21 days was also added.

Nairobi and Mombasa account for the highest number of cases and tested samples in the country. President Kenyatta said Kenya had tested more than 17,492 samples by Saturday.

Minimal operations will slowly be allowed at hotels and other eateries in select counties should they adhere strictly to the government's measures against the spread of the deadly virus.

The rollout of the National Hygiene Programme on April 29, an initiative that will help create a healthier environment and jobs, with the first phase employing 26,148 workers over 30 days and more than 100,000 youths progressively.

 

President Kenyatta said the nation would be notified of developments in trials as local organisations such as the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) were taking part in global efforts for the vaccine. Giving the Health ministry's daily briefing on Friday, Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said authorities were not aware of plans by Oxford University to carry out human vaccine trials in the country.

More stringent measures against the virus will be taken in consultation with the county governments of Mandera, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa as they have registered an increase in cases of infection.

The government has also restricted movement into and out of Mandera. The country's security agencies will upgrade their alert and response measures in every border area to keep the government’s response to the coronavirus from being compromised. President Kenyatta said measures the government has put in place so far have greatly helped Kenya to contain the spread.

 

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