Kenya lifts COVID-19 curfew as infection rates reduce

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Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Wednesday that the nationwide curfew has been lifted.

It was gathered that the curfew has been in place since March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The East African nation, which has a population of 54 million, has recorded 252,199 infections since the pandemic erupted and 5,233 COVID-19 deaths, health ministry data shows.

It has received 7.5 million doses of vaccines so far and 4.5 million people have had at least one dose, the data shows.

Kenyatta said infection rates had fallen, with less than 5% of tests each day proving positive.

“It is now time to shift our focus from survival to co-existing with the disease,” he said in a televised address to mark a national holiday.

“We are not yet out of the woods and we must therefore continue to observe the containment measures … to sustain the gains we are making and guarantee the full re-opening of our economy,” he said.

He told officials to ensure a fill-and-finish plant for COVID-19 vaccines started operating in Kenya by April next year.