Kenya eases COVID restrictions, allows schools and restaurants to reopen

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FILE PHOTO: A student washes his hands at a school in Nairobi, Kenya, January 4, 2021. / Getty Images

FILE PHOTO: A student washes his hands at a school in Nairobi, Kenya, January 4, 2021. / Getty Images

Schools, restaurants and sporting activities will be allowed to resume in Kenya in accordance with health guidelines, following an announcement on Saturday by President Uhuru Kenyatta easing restrictions that last for weeks.

Kenyatta made the announcement as the East African country celebrated Labor Day, the second in an environment ravaged by COVID.

The president announced the lifting of a lockdown that affected five countries considered to be high-risk areas.

A nationwide nighttime curfew has also been revised to start at 10:00 p.m. local and not at 8:00 p.m.

The restrictions that have lasted since March 26 were triggered by a spike in new infections and daily deaths.

Kenyatta, however, extended the ban on political gatherings indefinitely by urging Kenyans to continue to adhere to established protocols, including the mandatory wearing of face masks.

Kenya has now recorded 160,053 COVID-19 infections with 2,744 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health.

A mass vaccination exercise is currently underway with the aim of containing the pandemic.



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