Ministry of Health has lifted mandatory wearing of mask in public places despited new variant reported in USA.
The Ministry of health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that masks will no longer be necessary in public places.
The Ministry of Health imposed a nationwide mask mandate on April 3, 2020, at the height of Covid-19 infections.
Nonetheless, masks will still be needed in closed places to reduce the spread.
“All Kenyans to continue to adhere to social measures, ensure frequent hand washing, sanitising and exercise personal responsibility,” he said.
“There has been a lot of debate on facemasks. Wearing of facemasks in open places is now lifted.”
Kagwe said Kenyans should be strict with ministry of heath protocols when in public spaces.
“If you are going to eat in a meat joint, the standards must be high. The sanitation, washing of hands must be top notch,” he said.
“You must also respect the people eating in your joint. You must respect your customers and make sure the restaurant is clean. There will be penalties if that does not happen.”
Kenya reported 323, 140 cases of Covid-19 and 5,644 deaths but the inoculation rate remains low, with only 28.5 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated as of March 10, 2022, according to the latest Ministry of Health figures.
The positivity rate is now at 0.2-0.3 percent.
On the other hand, the virus is still mutating and Kenyans are urged to be more careful despite the ban.
However, Mutahi Kagwe encouraged more people to get vaccinated. There are more than enough vaccines and people should be vaccinated before they expire.
Meanwhile, two cases of deltacron were reported in the USA. Deltacron is derived from Omicron and Delta variants. It has been noted that the virus has spread in the US but declined in the other part of the world.
The variant has been reported in Denmark, UK and Holand.