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11 Countries Cleared to Land in Kenya ahead of International Flights Resumption

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The Kenyan Government has announced that only 11 countries will be allowed into the country ahead of the international flights resumption starting August 1.

According to Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia, countries allowed to operate flights to Kenya are China, Zimbabwe South Korea, Japan, Canada, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and Morocco that have been allowed air travel to Kenya.

“These countries have mild or limited community transmission or declining incidences,” CS Macharia said.

However, Macharia said the list will be reviewed on an ongoing basis because the COVID-19 situation is not static.

He noted that this is not a blanket approval and there is an initial list of countries from which passengers will be allowed entry into Kenya.

Macharia said that agreed protocol dictates that passengers who will arrive with a PCR-based COVID-19 negative certificate and body temperature not exceeding 37.5°C will be exempt from quarantine.

“They should not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and must have been tested 96 hours before travel,” the CS said.

The CS urged airlines to ensure that passengers comply with the requirements before boarding.

In addition, passengers arriving to Kenya after curfew has begun, that is 9pm, will be required to have a valid air ticket to be allowed to proceed to their hotels or residences.

The government will also require that drivers of passengers for international flights to have evidence that they came from the airport.

Passengers departing on flights after curfew will have to ensure they have a valid air ticket and boarding pass to be allowed to proceed to their destination or departure airport.

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National Business Compact, Nestle, Rotary Club Partner to Combat COVID-19 in Prisons

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Nairobi, August 10, 2020: The National Business Compact on COVID- 19 (NBCC) has partnered with Nestlé Kenya and the Rotary International District 9212 to promote safe hygiene practices within the prisons in Nairobi.

Through this partnership, Kenya Prisons Service will be fetching about 20,000 liters of water per day accompanied with soap and 18 hand washing stations donated by NBCC to facilitate and increase the uptake of hand washing in the prisons.

The water will be sourced from Nestlé’s borehole at its factory in Industrial area and distributed to the prisons by The Rotary Club of Kenya through its water bowser.

Handwashing and proper sanitation have been emphasized, as one of the key preventative measures to combat COVID -19.

The very nature of prisons and the population they harbor lends it to a potentially high-risk area, especially on occasions or days when there is water outages or rationing.

The Nairobi prisons currently receive water from Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company but the demand occasionally outstrips the supply, hence it is imperative that the prison authority beef up the water supplies especially during the pandemic and further ensure that the hand washing stations have both clean water and soaps at all times.

“As the pandemic spreads, the response to COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention becomes more challenging and requires a community approach to help keep the detainees safe and free of the virus. Nestlé cares deeply for people and for the communities in which we operate, and we have an essential role to play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 amongst vulnerable communities,” said Mr. Ngéntu Njeru, Nestlé East Africa Cluster, Managing Director.

With a prison population of over 6,171 inmates in Nairobi and its environs, the Kenyan government has enacted stringent directives in prisons such as restricting visitors to ensure safety of the inmates.

Other measures include, health education to inmates on how COVID-19 is spread, and training of Prison staff on COVID-19 prevention.

“I am pleased to be partnering with these three organizations today. As we all know prisons have been identified as an area of concern as they are often overcrowded and have inmates and staff coming and going. I want to assure you that we are at the forefront of assessing and preventing the possible spread of this pandemic in our penal facilities countrywide by enforcing strict measures to ensure that we effectively contain the spread of the virus and that we have,” said Mr. Duncan Ogore, Senior Assistant Commissioner General of Prisons.

Myriam Sidibe, the NBCC chair & co-founder said, “The provision of water and soap is essential for the practice of hygiene, an essential prerequisite to human health during the Pandemic. NBCC’s mission is to limit the spread of infections by improving hygiene practices and contribute to protecting lives and livelihoods across Kenya. We are partnering with like-minded organizations to engrain hand washing and proper sanitation into people’s live as one key preventative measure to combat Covid-19.”

Adding, “During this global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of COVID – 19 is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.”

This partnership brings a total number of handwashing facilities deployed by NBCC to over 5,400 countrywide, reaching over 15 million Kenyans.

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Africa’s coronavirus cases pass one-million mark

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The number of Coronavirus cases in Africa has surpassed one-million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but the continent appears so far to have been spared the worst of the pandemic.

 

Half of the infections are in just one country, South Africa.

There are still low levels of testing in most countries, meaning the rate of infections could be higher than reported.

Most cases are currently concentrated around the major cities.

More than 18.6 million people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus globally and 702,000? have died, according to the World Health Organization.

In Africa, nearly 21,000 have died and 670,000 have recovered.

Director of Africa CDC, John Nkengasong, told the BBC Focus of Africa programme on Thursday that 70% of those infected in the continent had recovered.

“I don’t think the continent should panic but we should rather focus to do the right things and use science to drive our response capabilities,” he said.

The WHO previously highlighted that the continent lacks ventilators to deal with a pandemic. Healthcare workers in different parts of the continent have also complained about the lack of adequate personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19: Kenya Inches Closer to Hitting 400 Deaths Mark

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Kenya’s COVID-19 death toll rose inched closer to the 400 mark on Thursday, August 8th, 2020, after eight fatalities were reported within a period of 24 hours.
 
Following the deaths of eight patients, the toll of those who have died from the Coronavirus rose to 399, translating to 1.6 per cent case fatality rate.
 
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said the fatalities include six comorbidity-linked deaths.
At the same time Aman reported that 514 patients had recovered from the disease, including 431 placed under the home-based care program.
The 514 cleared cases increased recoveries registered since April to 10,444.
The Ministry of Health also reported 538 new COVID-19 cases from 6,195 tested samples raising infections reported since March to 24,411.
The cases included twenty-two foreigners.
The reported cases included 333 males and 205 are females, with the youngest being 2 years old. The oldest patient is aged 85.
The cases were reported in Nairobi (277), Kiambu (72), Kajiado (55), Nakuru (25), Nyeri (20), Muranga (15), Machakos (9), Busia (8), Mombasa (7), Migori (7), Mandera (6), Laikipia (6), Bomet (6), Meru (3), Narok (3), Kisii (3), Trans Nzoia (3), Tharaka Nithi (2), Uasin Gishu (2), Makueni (2), Wajir (1), Samburu (1), Kwale (1), Kisumu (1), Kericho (1) and Baringo (1).

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