US Covid-19: in Kenya, restrictions are easing but schools remain closed

01:30  29 september  2020
01:30  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic. Final year exams, usually taken in October and "The 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to Covid - 19 restrictions ," Mr Magoha said. This would apply to public and private schools , he

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Un agent de santé fournit du gel hydroalcoolique à un homme dans la maison du premier Kényan diagnostiqué positif au Covid-19. Le 12 mars 2020 à Nairobi. © Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP A health worker provides hydroalcoholic gel to a man in the house of the first Kenyan diagnosed positive for Covid-19. March 12, 2020 in Nairobi.

Kenya organized a major national conference on Covid-19 on Monday, September 28. A rally wanted by the Head of State to take stock of the situation and learn from the epidemic as the curve flattens (700 dead, 38,168 patients), as the number of new cases is falling and that the country opens up. After the debates, President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation. He announced further easing of restrictions, but he is keeping schools closed.

Uhuru Kenyatta wants to be on guard until the end. The positivity rate fell from 13% in June to less than 5%. "We would all be tempted to celebrate this trend, but these figures are a paradox," said the Kenyan president, for whom "the greatest danger comes when one is close to victory".

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So, in the school sector, many were waiting for him to announce a reopening of schools. Some establishments were even preparing for a resumption of classes, with meetings of teachers. But Uhuru Kenyatta chose caution. “The lives and health of our children cannot be debated. The schools will reopen when we can guarantee their safety, ”said the Kenyan president. He therefore instructed the Ministry of Education to define the conditions for resumption and to propose a timetable.

Authorization for bars and restaurants

On the other hand, the head of state has once again eased restrictions linked to Covid-19, relieving some economic players. The curfew is extended by 60 days, but its amplitude is reduced, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. After six months of closure, the bars are finally allowed to reopen. Bars and restaurants will be able to operate until 10 p.m. and will be allowed to sell alcohol. Religious ceremonies can accommodate more participants. 200 people at funerals and burials, for example, instead of 100.

Tax reductions, both income and corporate taxes, are also maintained. Uhuru Kenyatta has repeatedly warned of a second wave, although, he said, the country is now much better armed than in March.

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