President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the lifting of a nationwide curfew that has been in place in Kenya since March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
He announced the decision to lift the dusk-to-dawn curfew on Wednesday to cheers and applause at an event to mark Mashujaa Day, a public holiday to honour those who contributed to the country’s independence struggle.
Kenyatta said infection rates had fallen, with less than 5% of tests each day proving positive.
According to the latest government figures, the East African nation has reported 252,199 cases of COVID-19 and 5,233 deaths but inoculation rates remain low, with only 4.6% of the adult population fully vaccinated.
“It is now time to shift our focus from survival to co-existing with the disease,” President Kenyatta said.
He said congregations attending churches and other religious institutions could rise to two-thirds of capacity, up from a third previously, although everyone should still adhere to other rules, such as wearing face masks.
“We are not yet out of the woods and we must therefore continue to observe the containment measures … to sustain the gains we are making and guarantee the full re-opening of our economy,” he said.
He told officials to ensure a fill-and-finish plant for COVID-19 vaccines started operating in Kenya by April next year.