Kenya’s president extends COVID curfew by another 60 days

NAIROBI, KENYA - 2020/03/15: President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during a press conference at Harambee House in Nairobi where he reported two more cases of Coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of those affected with the virus to three. The president stated that the two were in contact with the first victim of the virus who came to Kenya through United States of America via London. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
President Uhuru Kenyatta. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday, extended a nationwide curfew by another 60 days while relaxing the starting time from 9 p.m to 11 p.m, as the country continues to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Kenyatta, who said the COVID-19 infections curve had been flattened, also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars which will operate until 10 p.m from Tuesday.

Kenyatta also announced that church services, weddings and funerals can have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.

According to the president, the finance minister would extend tax relief measures unveiled in April until January 2021.

Schools will not yet reopen until it is established it’s safe to do so, Kenyatta said.

Kenya has had 38,115 cases of the virus and 691 deaths since its first case on March 13.

The government quickly put measures into place to curb the spread of the disease, including shutting schools, closing borders, mandatory mask-wearing in public, and a curfew that lasts until 5 a.m.

Fears that the creaky public healthcare system might be overwhelmed have not materialized and the East African nation is slowly reopening.