Kenya coronavirus cases: 715 cases, President Kenyatta joins summit of EAC leaders

Kenya coronavirus cases: 715 cases, President Kenyatta joins summit of EAC leaders

Kenya coronavirus cases: 715 cases, President Kenyatta joins summit of EAC leaders
Kenya coronavirus cases: 715 cases, President Kenyatta joins summit of EAC leaders

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising every day . Government have locked down a couple of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as a part of containment efforts.
This rolling page will still give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country.

Kenya as of May 10 was the fourth most impacted country within the East / Horn of Africa region only behind Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia. Government also unrolled mass testing in virus hot spots, borders remain shut and a ban on public gatherings continues.

Major topics covered below include:

May 12: 715 cases, border crossings becoming flash point
May 11: Cases reach 700, mass prisoner release
May 10: 649 cases, Raila worries about Magufuli
May 8: May 8: Govt to foot quarantine bills, cases at 607
May 7: 582 cases, lockdown in Eastleigh, Mombasa City
May 5: KQ’s UK repatriation flight returns
May 4: Cases hit 535, govt decries abuse of relaxed measures
May 3: KQ repatriation flight, Nairobi fumigation
May 2: Case count at 435, mass testing starts
May 1: Case count hits 411, Uhuru vows transparency

May 12: 15 new cases, border crossing concerns

“We are upscaling security on border points and testing truck drivers to contain cross border infections,” CS Dr. Rashid Aman told the press today as he gave case statistics on the coronavirus pandemic.

He added that two other individuals from Tanzania at the Isebania border also tested positive and were referred back to Tanzania. “We are upscaling security on border points and testing truck drivers to contain cross border infections.”

With the case count now at 715, authorities reported that 8 patients had been discharges from hospital today bringing to 259 the entire number of recoveries from COVID-19.

The new infections comprised 14 Kenyans and a Rwandese. Seven of the cases were in Mombasa, three in Migori and two in Wajir. Nairobi, Machakos and Kiambu recorded a case each. Overall 978 samples were tested.

“We are saddened to announce the death of three patients in Mombasa. Two of them died reception , while the 3rd one in hospital, bringing to 36 the entire number of these who have succumbed to the disease,” the CS added.

On the regional front, President Kenyatta joined a virtual meeting of East African Community Heads of State held today under the chairmanship of Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Another regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD; also donated supplies to Kenya as a part of efforts to assist combat the virus spread.
May 1: Case count hits 411, Uhuru vows transparency

The case count has reached 411 as of May Day after 15 new cases were recorded over the last 24-hours. Meanwhile recoveries have reached 150 consistent with data released today by the Ministry of Health.

Fatalities stand at 21 with active cases at 240. Kenya’s overall test count stands at 21,702. a complete of 1,434 samples were tested within the last 24 hours, marking an increase from the trend where but 1,000 had been tested daily.

Nairobi and Mombasa counties remain the foremost impacted with 248 and 124 cases respectively. Partially locked down Kilifi, Mandera and Kwale even have 9, 8 and a couple of cases therein order.

Other counties with cases are Kiambu, Kajiado, Kitui, Nakuru, Siaya and Kakamega. Uasin Gishu, Homabay and Wajir complete the list.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday assured the country that each one fund being sunk into combating the coronavirus are going to be properly accounted for and therefore the report made public in due course.

He was speaking at State House as a part of a muted 2020 Labour Day celebrations, addressing concerns within the wake of reports about financial mismanagement with the virus funds.

“We should also specialise in the longer term since corona won’t be with us forever. i used to be surprised when some criticized me for exporting flowers abroad,” he said.

“The flower industry employs very many of us . the instant corona is over they’re going to remember us for standing with them in their time of need.”

The President also tasked Kenyans to try to to all it takes to combat the virus and minimize the incidence of job losses. “We cannot relax in our efforts to overcome this invisible enemy and to place our economy on a robust growth path.

“Because, if we don’t , we could lose upwards of half 1,000,000 jobs over subsequent 6 months. We must do whatever it takes to attenuate , if to not fully contain such loss in jobs,” he said.
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