Kenya ends its protracted dusk-to-dawn COVID-19 curfew
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has removed the country’s countrywide dusk-to-dawn curfew, which had been in effect since March 2020 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
At an event commemorating Mashujaa Day, a national holiday honouring those who contributed to the country’s independence fight, the president revealed the government’s intention to remove the curfew today, amid shouts and clapping.
COVID-19 infection rates have decreased, according to President Kenyatta, with fewer than 5% of daily testing revealing positive results.
Kenya has recorded 252,199 cases of COVID-19 and 5,233 fatalities, but vaccination rates remain low, with just 4.6 percent of the adult population completely vaccinated, according to the most recent official statistics.
President Kenyatta stated that congregations at churches and other religious institutions may now reach two-thirds of their capacity, up from one-third before, but other restrictions, like as wearing face masks, should still be followed.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” Kenyatta remarked, adding that “we must continue to follow the containment measures… to maintain the achievements we are achieving and ensure the complete re-opening of our economy.”
The president also directed that a fill-and-finish facility for COVID-19 vaccinations be operational in Kenya by April of the following year.