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28 Sep 2020 | 06:57 PM UTC

Kenya: Authorities extend curfew for additional two months from September 28 /update 32

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Kenyan authorities extend curfew for additional two months from September 28; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/28/2020, 5:00 PM until 11/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kenya

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Kenyan authorities announced on Monday, September 28, that the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) curfew in effect in the country has been extended for an additional two months. The curfew has, however, been reduced by three hours, and from Monday will be enforced between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00 (local time). President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the restrictions will be reviewed again within 60 days.  

The wearing of face masks or coverings is required in public, and a distance of 1 m (3 ft) from others must be maintained. Businesses have been ordered to provide soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitizer, at building entryways.

As of September 28, Kenya has recorded 38,168 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 700 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


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.


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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