Kenya prepares to lift night curfew and open up the economy

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s health experts and medics are agreed that the country’s infection cases have fallen well below 5 per cent

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, could fully re-open her economy by lifting the night curfew any time now. This follows a steady drop in Covid-19 infection rates over the last three weeks that now meet international protocols.

Kenya’s health experts and medical researchers are agreed that the country’s infection cases have fallen well below 5 per cent. Over the last three weeks, infections have fallen to an all-time low of below 2 per cent of tested samples. But medical authorities still insist that Covid-19 protocols of wearing masks and keeping social distance should be upheld. They have warned of a “deadly 5th wave” especially as Kenya enters the 2022 election campaigns. Kenya presidential aspirants who include the deputy president William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have been drawing huge crowds at rallies.

The crowds at the huge rallies neither wear masks nor keep social distance and many now shake hands. These scientists have warned is playing with “death” as the Covid-19 pandemic could reverse all gains.

Kenya and WHO scientists have rolled out a massive vaccination campaign against the pandemic that still has no cure, warning Kenyans not to drop their guard in 2022 campaigns

President Kenyatta has however studiously maintained that the country should uphold Covid-19 protocols of not shaking hands and wearing a mask. However, while addressing huge crowds the president has been seen to drop his guard, especially when speaking on the emotive 2022 succession race.

Kenya and WHO scientists have rolled out a massive vaccination campaign against the pandemic that still has no cure, warning Kenyans not to drop their guard in 2022 campaigns. The scientists are warning that the 5th wave is more deadly and hard to fight to point at former US secretary of state Collin Powell who died of the disease aged 84.

But lifting the night curfew would be a major relief to many business operators in the “night economy” which include the hotel and hospitality industry and long-distance bus operators. These are key players in Tourism that is Kenya’s number 1 foreign exchange earner which plunged to zero as the country went into lock-down over Covid 19 outbreak March 2020.

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