COVID-19: Kenya Reopens Bars

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The Kenyan Government has reopened pubs in the country six months after they were closed to curtail the spread of the global pandemic, coronavirus (COVID-19).

The East African country has, however, restricted trading hours, ordering all pubs to close by 22:00 local time.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement when he addressed the nation on the government’s latest initiatives to tackle the pandemic.

He extended a nationwide curfew for a further 60 days, but said it would start two hours later – now lasting from 23:00 to 04:00.

Meanwhile, President Kenyatta overruled the ministry of education order that teachers report to school on Monday. He said learning institutions could only open once the safety of students could be guaranteed.

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Kenya has had more than 38,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Nine deaths were reported today, pushing the number of fatalities to above 700.

There has been a steady decline in the number of cases in recent weeks. Only 53 new cases were announced on Monday, although health experts have noted a low testing rate.

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