Kenya Extends Night Curfew to March After Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the nightly curfew in the country has been extended to March 2021.

The curfew, which is in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 was to end on Sunday but amid rising cases of the disease, it has been extended for another three months.

It runs between 10 p.m and 4 a.m and was initially extended in November after the country got on the cusp of the second wave.

Kenyatta also announced that super spreader events like political gatherings, roadside gatherings and others will not be permitted. He banned them for another 60 days. Overnight church services, vigils and events in general have also been stopped.

Kenya, in March 2020 had announced curfews to limit the spread of the disease but relaxed the restrictions after a few months.

While other activities have returned to the country, with schools resuming on Monday, government has banned some extracurricular activities.

Sports have been banned for 90 days in schools; parents and guardians have also been barred from making non-essential visits to their wards.

Kenya is grappling with the effect of the pandemic, as it hopes to recover some lost grounds in 2021. The country recorded a declining economic output for the first time in 12 years in Q2 2020, having enjoyed a stable economy since 2008.

Kenya has recorded more than 96,000 cases of Coronavirus and more than 1,500 lives have been lost as a result of the disease.


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