Restaurants reopened as global infections hit the three million mark

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during one of the daily coronavirus updates.The CS has said that more stringent measures need to be put in Mombasa to curb the spread of COVID-19./COURTESY

The government has reopened restaurants more than three weeks since the government ordered them closed down in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a press briefing on Monday, health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the restaurants would only be allowed to operate between 5.00 am and 4.00 pm in order to adhere to the curfew that was prolonged for another 21 days by the president on Saturday.

“All staff operating in the restaurant must be tested for COVID-19 meaning if your staff is not tested, you will not be allowed to reopen. Also, all customers must sanitize and wear masks and the restaurants must limit the number of customers eating in the restaurant” the CS said.

This comes as four more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Mombasa County raising the number of infections recorded in the county to 93.

The national tally currently stands at 363 after four more patients tested positive in Nairobi County which is the county with the highest number of infections.

Eight more people have been discharged after recovering from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 114.

“This is about one-third of the number of cases,” the CS said.

On Monday, the global infections for COVID-19 hit the three million mark with the US accounting for almost one-third of the confirmed cases at 987,322 cases.

Africa has recorded 32,803 cases with half of the cases having been recorded in South Africa, Algeria, and Morocco.

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