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26 Aug 2020 | 04:48 PM UTC

Kenya: Authorities extend COVID-19 curfew by 30 days /update 30

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Kenyan authorities extend 21:00 to 04:00 COVID-19 curfew until at least September 26

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/26/2020, 5:00 PM until 9/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kenya

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Event

Kenyan authorities announced on Wednesday, August 26, that the current 21:00 to 04:00 (local time) nationwide curfew has been extended for 30 days following an increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta further ordered that all bars and nightclubs must remain closed for an additional 30 days.

Kenyatta stated that the number of cases of the virus has slowed in tourism areas such as Nairobi. However, infections are believed to be increasing in more rural areas of the country.

As of August 26, funeral and wedding ceremonies are now allowed up to a maximum of 100 people, while restaurants are permitted to open from 07:00 - 20:00.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease. 

 

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