President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has extended a curfew imposed on the East African country due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by another 60 days.
Kenyatta, who announced the extension on Monday, however, relaxed the starting time from 9:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.
The president also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars which will operate until 10:00 p.m from Tuesday.
Kenyatta also announced that church services, weddings and funerals can have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.
According to the President, the finance minister would extend tax relief measures unveiled in April until January 2021.
Schools will not yet reopen until it is established that it’s safe to do so, Kenyatta said.
Kenya has had 38,115 cases of the virus and 691 deaths since its first case on March 13.
The government quickly put measures into place to curb the spread of the disease, including shutting schools, closing borders, mandatory mask-wearing in public, and a curfew that lasts until 5:00 a.m.
Fears that the creaky public healthcare system might be overwhelmed have not materialized and the East African nation is slowly reopening.
South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.
“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.
The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.
According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.
Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.
According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.
The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.
According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.
South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths
South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.
The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.
The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.
South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.
The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.
In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.
He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.
The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.
The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.
Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.
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