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Kenya is facing a third wave of Covid-19 contamination. In total since the start of the pandemic, 2,104 people have died in Kenya. 1,152 new cases have been identified in the last 24 hours. In an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday announced a series of new measures, effective overnight from Friday to Saturday. </p><div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>With our correspondent in Nairobi, </em><strong>Albane Thirouard</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>
The capital, Nairobi, as well as four neighboring counties are under cover. Prohibition to enter or leave. In these areas, the curfew passes at 8 p.m., restaurants are limited to take-out and schools are closed. Sports activities are also prohibited there as well as religious gatherings. In the rest of the country, the measures remain as they were until now, the curfew does not begin until 10 p.m.
In Nairobi on Saturday, the day after the announcements, residents’ opinions were mixed. Phemmy Chepkombe was able to maintain her fruit and vegetable stand on the side of the road. Faced with the increase in contamination, she was worried about her health and therefore welcomes the new measures positively.
To continue working, she just shifted her hours. ” I have to close earlier and therefore collect my products from the market earlier. But it is a good thing to control the spread of Covid-19. We are safer like that ».
In the wake of the announcements, however, the awakening was harder for some. Geoffroy Onyango, taxi driver, understands the extent of the situation, but the new curfew is severely affecting his business.
« On the one hand, the infection curve was increasing. But on the other hand, economically, these measures affect a lot of people. In my job as a taxi driver, the most productive period of time is usually the hours that are now under curfew. Much of our work has been taken away from us. But the government has no program to try to alleviate these economic consequences. »
Faced with this difficult situation, some voices are raised against the government. Perched on his motorcycle, Ben Sonorina, 34, holds him directly responsible for this third wave. « The problem we are facing was caused by our leaders. The president knew very well that there were cases of Covid-19 but they continued to travel, to hold political meetings, as if there was no pandemic. »
Political gatherings were in fact banned in Kenya only on March 12, when the third wave of Covid-19 was already starting.
Source site www.rfi.fr