After months of adhering to COVID-19 restrictions such as wearing masks in public places and temperature checks; the Ministry of Health has lifted some of the restrictions. The Cabinet Secretary of health; Mutahi Kagwe made the announcement Friday 11th March, saying that the country has maintained a low positivity and infection rate.
The COVID-19 infection rate in the country has seen a subsequent drop from 30 cases per week in December last year to a mere 0.3 cases this current week. This has reportedly come as a result of social distancing, increased sanitization, wearing of masks, and other COVID-19 restrictions.
Mutahi Kagwe added that even though there will be no temperature screening in public places, citizens should maintain good hygiene and sanitation. He added that it was our responsibility as Kenyan citizens to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
The end of these restrictions will see the return of congregational activities including worship and sporting events. For any adults partaking in these events, full vaccination is required but school gatherings will be resumed unconditionally.
The government reportedly plans to speed up the vaccination processes which should ensure at least an approximate 60% of the entire population is vaccinated. This should facilitate the decline of the infection rate in the country.
In regards to tourists, any vaccinated visitors do not have to go through the Polymerase Chain Reaction test required before. This particular test is a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. However, they should be aware of the restrictions still in place and ensure they follow them to the letter.
Kudos to us as Kenyans for actually following most of these rules for the most part.
Article Research; Jack Odongo