Kenya: Why gradual reopening of schools might be halted

“Stakeholders are mulling a halt to the gradual reopening of schools as a second wave of coronavirus infections appears imminent. Several schools have reported cases of COVID-19 since reopening last week after seven months of closure due to the pandemic.”

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Will Kenya face COVID-19 ‘second wave’? Scientists are divided

“The latest model on the outbreak in Kenya does not project a ‘second wave’ but slightly raised infections because of relaxed health measures. The Ministry of Health warns the disease may peak again, if the public health measures continue to be flouted.”

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Kenyan universities, tertiary institutions to reopen on October 5

“Education CS George Magoha has directed all universities in the country to return to learning institutions on October 5. The CS in a statement on Tuesday said this is part of a progressive reopening of learning institutions.”

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Rights groups sue state over police brutality during pandemic (Kenya)

“The lobby groups said that since the curfew order was implemented, law enforcement officers meted violence and brutality on members of the public. Inspector General of Police, Interior CS, and the Attorney General sued for failing to uphold their mandate while enforcing the curfew order.”

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Curve flattening? Kenya records 48 new virus cases, 176 recoveries

“Kenya on Monday recorded one of the lowest figures in recent months after the Health ministry confirmed 48 new cases of COVID-19. This raised the country’s total to 36,205 from a sample of 1,081 tested in the last 24 hours.”

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Kemri becomes regional lab for COVID-19 (Kenya)

“Laboratories at the Kenya Medical Research Institute will now sequence the genomes of COVID-19 viruses collected from neighbouring countries in East Africa. The institute has joined a network of 12 specialised laboratories that will provide sequencing, data analysis and other technical support services to countries that have no capacity.”

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Corona effect: Kenya’s unemployment rate doubles to 10.4%

“The rate of joblessness doubled two months after Kenya reported its first coronavirus in March, rising to 10.4 per cent from 5.2 per cent… The level of unemployment rose sharply amongst young people aged 20 to 29 years as employers rushed to cut operational costs.”

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Treat Kenya’s virus decline with caution, WHO warns

“The WHO cautioned against an interpretation that the decline of the coronavirus numbers meant that Kenya is flattening the curve… The organisation said the testing needs to be strengthened to capture a greater proportion of suspected cases within the testing regime.”

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Kenyan company starts exporting COVID-19 swabs

“Revital Health Care Limited has begun exporting COVID-19 reagents to 14 countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia among others. The chairman said Revital health care limited was the only company in Africa which can manufacture 80, 000 viral transport media and swabs a day.”

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COVID-19 and Home-Based care: Is it working?

“While community health volunteers are expected to offer the support that ensures the success of home-based care and the recovery of the bulk of COVID-19 patients, they feel ill-prepared to execute this role.”

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