Ppeople in Kenya will need to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to use public transport or enter government offices, the health ministry said today, ignoring a court order against the measures.

The proportion of Kenyans returning a positive Covid test recently climbed from 1% in early December to almost 30% now, shattering previous records as fears grow about the infectiousness of the omicron variant.

In the past 24 hours, 3,328 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 out of 11,197 tests – a key indicator of the spread of the virus in a country with limited access to testing and overall infection figures may not be reliable.

The East African country announced last month that it would impose severe restrictions on unvaccinated people from December 21, but a Nairobi court last week suspended the order pending a hearing. ‘a case filed by a businessman who called the measures “tyrannical”.

But today, Mercy Mwangangi, a senior health ministry official, said the restrictions were now in place.

“In public places, everyone must present proof of vaccination for admission, for example to national parks, game reserves, hotels, bars as well as the use of public transport,” he said. she declared.