Covid-19 Is Back With A Bang As Kenyan Government Issues Tough Measures

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Kenya is one of the nations worldwide grappling with the increase of Covid-19 cases.

In the last two weeks, the East African country has witnessed a spike in infections, forcing the government to act to avert further crisis.

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 3328 people tested positive for the novel virus, announced the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Mercy Mwangangi.

The new cases were from 11197 samples analyzed in the last 24 hours.

The country's positivity rate now stands at 29.7 per cent, from 0.7 per cent in November.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi, CAS Mwangangi announced stricter measures to curb the spread of the disease.

“With the increase of infections following the onset of the Omicron variant, we still find that those who are vaccinated perform better against the disease. All adults in the country should be vaccinated in the shortest time possible to ensure that we have as many people as possible protected from severe disease,” stated Dr Mwangangi.

She stated that everyone seeking government services in person should have received the double vaccine and present proof of vaccination, either in paper copy or digital format.

She went on to say that confirmation of vaccination will be required in public venues, including national parks, game reserves, hotels, bars, and restaurants, as well as public transportation such as domestic flights, trains, and Public Service Vehicles.

During organized events like weddings, funerals, receptions, parties, conferences, sports, trade shows, and workshops, the government will need proof of vaccination.

Hotels, restaurants, and cafés that provide table service, as well as pubs, bars, movie theatres, supermarkets, and shopping malls, have been instructed to require confirmation of vaccination from any person who seeks to enter into their premises.

"In the event of non-compliance, an action shall be taken, which may include the withdrawal of the license of the institution,” she added.

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