Kenya begins easing down COVID-19 restrictions but warns against complacency

Kenya has begun easing COVID-19 restrictions as the number of daily new infections remains relatively low and total fatalities stand at fourteen some 46 days after it announced the first case.

In a press briefing on Monday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said restaurants and eateries would be allowed to operate so long as they maintain social distancing.

The food businesses were ordered shut on March 22 alongside bars and entertainment joints as the East African country ramped up its battle against COVID-19.

Kagwe also announced that the restaurants would be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks as bars continue to remain closed.

The Cabinet Secretary in his briefing also announced that Kenya’s COVID-19 tally had hit 363 after eight more patients tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours.

The country is one of 52 African states that have reported COVID 19 cases. The continent has registered nearly 32,000 infections and 1,423 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kagwe also warned Kenyans against complacency so as not to jeopardize the fight.

“If we exercise self-discipline and self-responsibility, we can begin to defeat this virus,” he said.