Kenya enhances COVID-19 prevention measures at wildlife sanctuaries

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NAIROBI, March 31 (Xinhua) — The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Wednesday it has stepped up COVID-19 containment measures inside national parks and reserves as the country reels from a third wave of infections.

Enhanced measures will apply in wildlife sanctuaries in Nairobi and the counties of Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru that were placed under lockdown as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday.

“In addition, parks, reserves and sanctuaries that fall in these counties will close all picnic sites and other sites where visitors have a tendency to congregate,” the KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

It said “all national parks, reserves and sanctuaries remain open from 6:00 a.m. with adjusted closing of 5:00 p.m. with strict observance of Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.”

Visits to wildlife sanctuaries in the other 42 counties would continue normally, but with strict observance of COVID-19 containment measures, the statement said.

President Kenyatta on March 26 announced revised measures, including locking down five counties, extending curfew hours, suspending physical learning and religious worship to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Under the new measures, movement in and out of the five counties that accounted for about 70 percent of new infections are suspended, but international flights would continue so long as arriving visitors present COVID-19- free certificates. Enditem

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