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27 juill. 2020 | 21h29 UTC

Kenya: Nightly curfew extended for additional 30 days July 27 /update 27

Kenya Alerte de sécurité

Kenyan authorities announced on July 27 that the nightly 21:00 – 04:00 curfew will be extended by an additional 30 days amid COVID-19 pandemic; abide by all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/7/2020, 5h00 until 30/8/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kenya

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Event

The government announced on Monday, July 27, that the current curfew in place between 21:00 and 04:00 (local time) will be extended for an additional 30 days. Public gatherings will also be banned during this time. Face masks or coverings must always be worn when in public and a distance of 1 m (3 ft) is required to be maintained from others. Businesses have been ordered to provide soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer at building entryways. Those found in breach of the above measures could face a Sh 20,000 (USD 186) fine or six months of incarceration. A gradual reopening of schools is planned to take place from September 1.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that international commercial flights would resume from August 1.

As of July 27, Kenya has recorded 17,603 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 285 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.  

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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