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Covid-19 Protocols in Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that schools will reopen in Kenya in January 2021. The president said this as he reviewed measures aimed at stopping the current surge in cases of coronavirus. The president further announced that the nationwide curfew will now start at 10pm, with bars and restaurants now mandated to shut down by 9pm.

This comes as the country copes with rising numbers of the viral disease. On Wednesday, county governors said that they wanted all Covid-19 containment measures be implemented in their original form to curb the spread of the disease. Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya recommended that the nationwide curfew currently in force be revised to start at 9pm and end at 4am.

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Mr. Oparanya also announced that county governments will not offer services to people not wearing masks starting Wednesday. “We are beginning a campaign dubbed  ‘No mask, no service’, ‘Bila barakoa, hakuna huduma’. County governments will translate this campaign message in their local languages to ensure that every citizen is sensitized,” Mr Oparanya said.

In the month of October alone, Kenya recorded over 15,000 new coronavirus cases and over 300 deaths. Uhuru said the positivity rate has shot up to 16 per cent in October. “This is four times what it was in September. 38 days later it is most unfortunate that we have experienced a reversal and a serious one at that,” he said.

Uhuru said Kenya is staring at a new wave of the pandemic. “Where did we go wrong and what could we have done differently? The stringent measures saw the fall of infections,” he said. “We have backtracked and all of this built around that curve flattening. It is not my desire to close down the economy, we want to remain open. But this will depend on public responsiveness of this pandemic.” Covid-19 Protocols in Kenya.

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