Kenya tightens COVID-19 measures amidst rising infection cases

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Kenya extends curfew in latest measures to curb rising coronavirus cases; Online Photo

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday extended the nationwide night curfew until March 12.

In an executive order, Uhuru also announced a 60-day ban on all gatherings except funerals and weddings of up to 150 people.

Kenyatta’s announcement comes after the country registered 124 new COVID-19 confirmed cases over the last 24 hours, as the national tally climbed to 96,139.

So far, 1,685 people have died due to the disease.

Kenyatta noted that all schools must ensure that they have adequate hand-washing stations corresponding to their student population in line with the guidelines issued by the Health and Education Ministries.

All extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and prize-giving days, involving more than one school remain prohibited for the next 90 days in Kenya and all exchange visits between schools shall remain prohibited for the same period.

The measures also uphold closure of bars by 9pm as directed by the President on November 4 when he revised the night curfew to start at 10 pm to 4 am.

At the time, he also ordered civil servants aged above 50 years and anyone with compromised immunity to work from home.

President Kenyatta directed all government meetings to be held virtually so as to protect public servants and members of the public visiting their offices.

Schools in Kenya are set to reopen on Jan. 4 and the new measures are an effort to tame the spread of the virus as schools re-open since closure in March last year.

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