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Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a halt to all movement in the capital Nairobi and four other counties on Friday as the Covid-19 outbreak reached its worst ever stage in East Africa’s richest economy, Reuters reports.
In a televised address Kenyatta said a wave of new lockdown measures, including a stricter curfew, the suspension of in-person schooling and the closing of bars in the capital, were essential to fight the spread.
India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, said it would make domestic Covid-19 inoculations a priority as infections surge and had told international buyers of its decision.
Reports that India will delay deliveries of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to a global programme to inoculate poorer countries triggered alarm on Thursday, with the head of Africa’s disease control agency describing the continent as “helpless”. India has exported 60.5 million doses, more than the number of inoculations conducted at home, and says there is no outright ban on exports. “In the coming weeks and months … obviously there will be a demand spike and obviously people are preparing for it,” Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told the Times Network’s India Economic Enclave. “In many cases, we have told our international partners that … Covid-rates are going up in India, we are expanding our own vaccination ambit, so we are sure you will understand that at this time we have to purpose it much more focused at where we are.”