Two revelers died on the first night after President Uhuru Kenyatta reopened bars since March when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
The deceased persons were in a bar fight, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said on Wednesday.
“It is sad and alarming to note that, just a day after His Excellency the President sanctioned the reopening of bars, two people died yesterday while fighting in a bar here in Nairobi,” Aman said during the daily COVID-19 briefing.
The president on Monday de-escalated Covid-19 containment measures that have been in place since March.
While reopening bars, the head of state sarcastically urged Kenyans to drink.
“The prohibition against the operation of bars, and the sale of alcoholic drinks by ordinary restaurants and eateries shall stand vacated from the September 29. Mnaweza kukunywa pombe sasa (you can now drink),” Uhuru said.
Bars will be opened until 10 pm as the daily curfew kicks in an hour later for the next 60 days.
CAS Aman urged Kenyans to observe guidelines as laid down by the ministry of health to combat the spread of the virus.
“It is important to note that, the measures the president announced, must be strictly followed side by side, with the applicable protocols and guidelines by the ministry of Health,” Dr Aman said.
“It is not a free for all now, as some people are attempting to mislead others.”
Kenya has so far recorded 38,529 positive cases of Covid-19, 711 fatalities and 24,908 recoveries.