News & Analysis: Kenya

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

37% of Kenyans were unable to pay their May rent

“More than a third of Kenyans were not able to pay their rent for the month of May according to a government survey.”

via The Star (Kenya)

COVID-19: Nairobi healthcare system facing severe strain, specialist says

“Nairobi County’s healthcare system is at risk of getting overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to record more cases than other counties, infectious disease specialist Dr. Loice Ombajo has said.”

via Daily Nation (Kenya)

Uhuru reopens Nairobi, Mombasa, extends curfew by 30 days

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the cessation of movement in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties from Tuesday, June 7, 2020. However, the President has extended the nationwide curfew currently in place between 9 pm and 4 am by another 30 days. ‘By re-opening Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, we are more at risk than we were when the restrictions were in place,’ he said during an address on Monday.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Kenyans express mixed feelings over Uhuru’s decision to reopen Nairobi: “It might end in tears”

“In his televised address at Harambee House on Monday, July 6, the president said the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa and Mandera counties, which had been on partial lockdown, would be monitored for 21 days. Taking to the streets of social media to express their feelings after Uhuru’s keynote address, a section of online users said they were glad they could finally travel to upcountry while others blatantly stated that the president had made a big mistake by reopening the country.”

via Tuko

Health workers urge Uhuru not to reopen churches, schools yet

“Health worker unions have called on the government to implement the reopening of the economy in phases, with a priority given to health training and other tertiary institutions. They however want reopening of primary and secondary schools put on hold until the number of COVID-19 cases steadily decline. They further want reopening of churches put on hold.”

via The Star (Kenya)

COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement ahead of Uhuru’s big address (Kenya)

“A statement by the Council of Governors revealed… 12 counties have met the 300-bed capacity requirement for treatment of COVID-19 ahead of the highly anticipated address by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The president is expected to make on a decision on whether to re-open the country or extend the nationwide curfew and cessation of movement in some counties based on the counties’ capacity to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Tuko

Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks

“AfCFTA was supposed to take operational effect on Wednesday, July 1, but the timeline has slipped, under the complications caused by the COVID-19 outbreak but also the slow pace of negotiations themselves.”

via The East African

Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report

With no tourists, Kenyan operator’s planes are grounded

“Across Africa, wildlife reserves and parks have closed their gates as tourists stay home, hitting the continent’s multi-billion-dollar tourist industry and leading to job cuts and loss of income for thousands.”

via The East African