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Kenya extends curfew by 60 days more

Back to restriction on political and social gatherings

12-03-2021 by redazione

President Uhuru Kenyatta, this afternoon, Friday 12 March, extended the national curfew by another 60 days, until 12 May 2021.
He also confirmed that all bars, restaurants and hangouts will have to close by 9 pm, before the curfew, which will be as it has been until now, from 10 pm to 4 am.
At the same time, political and social gatherings and rallies are banned, and events such as funerals and weddings will again be required to be attended by close relatives.
"I call on officials of the national government administration, the national police service and county government officials to strictly enforce these orders irrespective of the type of organisers of political and social rallies," Kenyatta said, adding that further action, if any, will depend on the results.
The president in announcing the news on the day the previous order expired, pointed out that the January positivity rate was at two per cent but rose to 13 per cent in March 2021, a sign that Kenyans are not diligently observing Covid-19 mitigation measures. 
"The Coronavirus has tested us to the hilt," Kenyatta said, "We have also closed our schools to preserve the lives of our students and isolated the elderly from public events. This new normal has shown a new strength and our economy, while struggling, has never really faltered, so much so that we will maintain our 7% annual growth rate.
Kenyatta also expressed satisfaction with the response of the health infrastructure to the pandemic, and the unity shown by the County Governors together with the National Government.
"The war is not yet won because the enemy is invisible," he added, "and continues to transform itself as it did in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The President then dictated the timing of the vaccination operations in which for now frontline health workers, government and police personnel and teachers are involved.
The second phase will begin immediately when Kenya receives the second supply of doses and will target the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. 
"The vaccination will be voluntary. Let us keep ourselves safe and continue to embrace the culture, civic duty and responsibility to look after ourselves and our brothers and sisters. The first weapon of defence is the people. We will win half the battle if we continue to protect ourselves," Kenyatta concluded. 

 

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