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We learned recently that due to a significant escalation in the rate of COVID infections, especially in Nairobi, the President of Kenya has announced containment measures. Nairobi county and four adjacent counties have been declared to be a “red zone” and movement into and out of this area has been prohibited as of Friday, March 26.
Included among the measures being announced are: reimposition of the dusk-to-dawn curfew, absolutely no gatherings of groups of people for any reason, all in-person education is being suspended and all public and private sector employees are encouraged to work from home. In other words, Nairobi is on lockdown. News reports from Kenya indicate that the South Africa variant, which is apparently more contagious, is the primary source of the recent surge in infections. We have also heard reports that all ICU beds in Nairobi are full. Our team in Kenya had an emergency meeting by Zoom recently to discuss key implications (see Q&A here).