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State to drop compulsory mask wearing in latest Covid review

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By Judith Gicobi

Kenyans will breathe a sigh of relief today as the government announces plans to scrap nearly all of the rules put in place to battle the Covid-19 outbreak, including the requirement that people wear face masks in public.

All sporting events will restart on the condition that competitors be completely vaccinated for people over the age of 18, while school games will resume unconditionally, according to the announcement slated for today afternoon.

The government’s decision to relax the ban on large indoor gatherings will also be welcomed by bars and hoteliers.

Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet Secretary, will give the good news to Kenyans from his Afya House office in Nairobi.

Due to the significant number of vaccinated persons and the relatively wide portion of the population that has been infected with the virus, there are already indicators that the majority of Kenyans have developed robust protection.

While Kagwe’s declaration will be welcomed by millions of Kenyans, it is likely to be met with skepticism by some scientists, who claim that the majority of individuals “are not responsible enough to be given a blank cheque.”

All in-person indoor meetings are slated to be permitted at maximum capacity of the venue as long as all attendees are completely vaccinated, according to Kagwe’s new set of requirements.

The decision to remove the mandated face mask wearing is way overdue, according to Dr Githinji Gitahi, the chief executive of Amref Health Africa.

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