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Coronavirus: Kenya’s Cases Rise to 59

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Kenya has recorded a rise of Coronavirus by nine raising the total to 59, this is according to the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangagi said 234 samples had been tested over the past 24 hours yielding the nine new cases.

She said a total of 508 traced contacts had been discharged with 1,160 others still placed under monitoring awaiting further tests to validate their status.

“In the last 24 hours, 234 samples have been analyzed and nine people have tested positive bringing the total to 59 as of today, 31 March 2020,” said Mwangagi.

Kenya has since confirming the first COVID-19 case on March 13 recorded the recovery of a patient after undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit.

A 66-year-old patient who had pre-existing conditions died on Thursday, March 26 at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

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Safaricom on a COVID-19 Sanitation Mission in Counties

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Launch of a Sanitation Booth in Kitui

Nairobi, 23nd May, 2020… Thousands of people in Kenya’s six counties are expected to benefit from sanitation booths set up by Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Scope International to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The sanitation booths have been installed at Kenya’s border to Tanzania at Isebania in Migori County and at the Ugandan border in Bungoma and Busia Counties.

Additionally, ferry users will benefit from booths set up in Homabay and Siaya Counties. In Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stage, the Migori-Kisii-Homabay junction and the Nairobi-Kericho-Nyamira transit.

 In Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stage, the Migori-Kisii-Homabay junction and the Nairobi-Kericho-Nyamira transit.

 “We are aware that cross border infections are one of the weak links that exists as well as crowded areas such as the ferry and bus stops. This is the reason we decided to put up sanitation booths in these places to minimise the risks,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

 An estimated 60,000 people are expected to use the sanitation booths installed at a cost of KES 1.1 million daily across the six counties..

 “We are glad to have partnered with Safaricom Foundation on this project which prioritises hygiene among vulnerable communities. We hope that the booths will help reduce the spread of the virus,” said Stella Mbuga, Operations Officer, Scope International.

 Safaricom Foundation has been actively involved in efforts to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Uasin Gishu County, the Foundation donated personal protective equipment to health workers while students in Kawangware and Dandora received devices for e-learning purposes.

Safaricom has already donated KES200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth KES 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.

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Lang’ata tops COVID-19 Cases Tested on Monday

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Lang'ata Member of Parliament (MP) Nixon "Jenerali" Korir

The the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 1,286 after 72 more patients tested positive for Covid-19 in Kenya on Monday, May, 25th, 2020.

The new cases include 70 Kenyans, one Somali national and a Ugandan following the testing of 2,711 samples over the last 24 hours.

In Nairobi the cases are recorded as follows: Langata (21), Dagoretti North  (15), Kamukunji (4), Kibra (4), Embakasi East (2), Kasarani (3), Dagoretti South (1), Makadara (1) and Mathare (1).

The 11 cases in Mombasa are from Nyali (4), Mvita (3), Kisauni (3) and Changamwe (1)

In Kiambu, the seven cases are from Limuru (2) and one case each in Githunguri, Kabete, Ruiru, Thika and Kikuyu.

In Isiolo, the case was recorded in a mandatory quarantine facility while in Turkana the patient is from Kakuma.

So far, the country has tested a total of 61,971 samples.

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President Uhuru Announces Economic Recovery Steps over COVID-19

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced measures the government intends to take to help Kenyans survive the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The measures announced by the president will be worth Ksh53.7 billion ($503 million).
To address this challenge in the short term, the government intends to rehabilitate access roads, footbridges and other public infrastructure.
“Ksh5 billion ($50 million) has been set aside to hire local labour for this undertaking,” he said.
The government has given Ksh6.5 billion ($65 million) to the Ministry of Education for hiring of 10,000 more teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to help in the digital learning programme.
According to the president, the government will buy locally manufactured vehicles worth Ksh600 million ($6 million) to promote local car assembly firms.
“This is expected to sustain the operations of local motor vehicle manufacturers, and the attendant employment of workers,” Mr Kenyatta said.
Another measure outlined is fast-tracking payment of outstanding VAT refund and other pending payments to SMEs.  Ksh10 billion ($100 million) has been set aside for this.
In addition to this, we will inject Ksh3 billion ($30 million) as seed capital for the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme. The intention here is to provide affordable credit to small and micro enterprises,” the President said.
The government announced soft loans to hotels and related establishments. “The tourism component of the stimulus programme will also engage 5,500 community scouts under the Kenya Wildlife Service at a cost of Ksh1 billion ($10 million).
“Additionally support will be made available to approximately 160 community conservancies at a cost of Ksh1 billion ($10 million),” Mr Kenyatta said.
The government will hire 5,000 more healthcare workers with diploma and certificate education level for one year to enhance public health system, the President announced.
President Kenyatta pledged to provide the necessary support for healthcare workers in the fight against Covid-19 disease which has now claimed 50 lives in Kenya with 1,192 infections.

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