President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday extended the nationwide curfew for another 30 days in a bid to curb the spread of coronovirus.
The President further ordered that restaurants and eateries will not to sell alcohol for the next 30 days.
Speaking at State House, Nairobi, Uhuru said bars will remain closed until furher notice and ordered the Inspector General of Police to issue weekly reports to ensure compliance.
“That the Inspector General of Police shall cause withdrawal of all licenses for bars operating in breach of this directive and those withdrawals shall be permanent,” President Kenyatta said.
In an attempt to ensure availability of key healthcare providers, Uhuru said retired ICU staff will be retained in hospitals to assist medical staff in the frontline against Covid-19.
“The Ministry of Health will develop all protocols to temporarily retain retired ICU staff and physicists to support the medical staff assigned to dealing with Covid-19 cases in the counties,” Uhuru said.
“All government institutions, including all sporting facilities, stadiums, educational institutions and other government facilities, upon designation by the CS of Health as a public health facility, shall be availed for isolation and quarantine purposes,” Uhuru added.
Covid-19 is now in 44 out of 47 counties countrywide. The infection has continued to surge for the last 21 days.
On Monday, Kenya recorded 440 new cases from 3, 197 samples.
This brings the cumulative number to 17, 975. Five people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the number of fatalities to 285.
Some 90 patients have been discharged, raising recoveries to 7, 833.
Despite the measures enforced today, Uhuru said “if and when necessary these measures will be made even more stringent because we hold precious the life of every Kenyan.