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Covid-19 Health Restrictions, Mask Mandate, Lifted in Kenya

Covid-19 public health restrictions, including mask mandates in public spaces, have been lifted across Kenya

Kenya's disease Survillance team from the National Government and County Covid-19 Response team in Ruaka

Covid-19 public health restrictions, including mask mandates in public spaces, have been lifted across Kenya, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday.

The Covid-19 measures have been in place since 2020. 

“Our measures in conjunction with counties have saved lives. Based on guidance from World Health Organisation (WHO), we have contained the virus and as you can see in the last month, the positivity rate has been below one per cent,” Mr Kagwe said during a media briefing.

“Kenyans are encouraged to wear face masks while attending indoor functions. We should now also see the temperature checks in public places stopped.” 

The minister further said all passenger service vehicles, trains and domestic air freight services may resume at full capacity, however, the operators and staff must be fully vaccinated while all travellers should have face masks at all times during travel.

“Travellers who are fully vaccinated shall forthwith be exempted from the requirements of a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests,” he said.

“All eligible unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure, regardless of the route of entry. Children below five years exempted from this testing requirement.”

Kenya has recorded less than 35 daily Covid-19 infections over the past week, according to government statistics. About 323,000 infections, and 5,600 deaths, have been recorded throughout the pandemic since 2020.

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