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Uhuru to announce whether curfew will be lifted today

Kenyans are today (Saturday, May 16) expected to know if the nationwide 7pm to 5am curfew will be extended by President Uhuru Kenyatta as it comes to end today.

The curfew was initially supposed to end on April 25 but Uhuru extended the curfew by 21 days saying the decision to escalate and deescalate restrictions will be made based on scientific and medical advice.

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He also extended the cessation of movement order in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties by 21 days. The cessation of movement also ends today.

While addressing the press on Friday, May 15 Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman noted that ‘some of the measures that were put in place their timelines are approaching.

He, however, added that the relevant authorities will have a discussion on the way forward.

“As you all anticipate some of the measures that were put in place their timelines are approaching and this is now a matter of discussion… there will be a substantive statement tomorrow about those measures,” said Aman.

Uhuru is expected to address the nation today, Saturday, May 16 where he will issue a substantive statement about the curfew and also pronounce himself on the status of the partial lockdown imposed in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera counties.

As of Friday, May 15 the tally for positive cases for COVID-19 stood at 781 after 23 new confirmations were registered in Nairobi, Wajir, Mombasa, Kajiado and Namanga.

Three patients also succumbed to the virus bringing the death toll to 45.

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This comes even as the government maintains that it would not shy away from imposing stricter measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

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