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President Ruto arrives in South Korea amid fresh Covid-19 outbreak in Asia

By Wangu Kanuri November 22nd, 2022 2 min read

President William Ruto has arrived in South Korea wearing a face mask amid a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 in Asia. This is the first time in a long time President Ruto is wearing a face mask.

During the campaign period before the August General Election, the president often attended political rallies without a face mask.

At the weekend, Dr Ruto arrived in Kinshasa, DR Congo without wearing a mask. In his one day official visit amid efforts to try to bring peace in the country, Dr Ruto met and held bilateral talks with his host President Felix Tshisekedi on areas of mutual interest, including trade and investments, regional integration and the security situation in Eastern DRC.

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President Ruto is expected to discuss trade among other bilateral relations in South Korea, a country known for expertise in producing electronics, technology and infrastructure.

Beijing has gone into a partial lock down after 28,000 positive cases of Covid-19 were reported on Monday. The city warned that it is facing its most severe test of the pandemic and tightened rules for entering the city, requiring arrivals from elsewhere in China to undergo three days of Covid testing before they were permitted to leave their accommodation. As a result, parks and museums were shut down to avoid a further spread of the virus.

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The China’s National Health Commission reported the deaths of two Covid-19 patients in Beijing on Sunday with the country.

China, which is the world’s last major economy still enforcing strict zero-Covid measures, aims to stamp out chains of transmission through border restrictions, mass testing, extensive quarantines and snap lockdowns on neighborhoods or entire cities – sometimes for months on end.

Face masks were largely used globally to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but the Kenyan government lifted the rule in March though with certain limitations with the then Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe encouraging the use of masks and adherence to social distance rules in all indoor spaces as well as when one is attending indoor functions.

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