Corona in Kenya: Night curfew extended due to increasing corona infections. Kenya is currently at the beginning of the 4th corona wave.
Since last Friday (July 30th, 2021) there has been a tightened night curfew in parts of Kenya. The Ministry of Health is currently seeing a significant increase in the number of corona cases and the Delta variant in particular is spreading rapidly in Kenya. The East African country now has over 200,000 cases and around 4,000 corona deaths. The situation in the hospitals is still tricky, medical oxygen and free intensive care beds with breathing apparatus are hardly available, especially in Nairobi.
The Kenyan government has therefore decided to extend the night curfew, which previously applied nationwide from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., in the west of the country to 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. This regulation affects the West Kenyan counties Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Homa-Bay, Kakamega, Kericho Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans-Nzoia and Vihiga. In addition, public meetings and major events are still not permitted. Religious gatherings are allowed, but limited to a maximum of one third of the usual participants.
Corona vaccination rate in Kenya remains very low
According to the Ministry of Health, Kenya has received around 1.7 million vaccine doses against COVID-19 to date. With a population of over 52 million, the vaccination rate remains at a low level and is, for example, similarly low as the vaccination rate in neighboring Uganda.