WHO wants more help for refugees during pandemic

“If we don’t step up health services, including testing, tracing, isolation and care, for people already living in precarious settings and displacement camps, COVID-19 could spark untold tragedy.”

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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.”

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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.”

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How 7 African scientists got stranded at sea after COVID-19

“When virus broke out, 21 scientists from Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Spain were already partway through a voyage off the coast of northwest Africa.”

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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.”

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Partying youths in Westlands, Kileleshwa, Lavington on the spot for spreading virus (Kenya)

“Health CAS Rashid Aman said there is a worrying rise in the number of cases in suburbs including Westlands, Hurlingham, Lavington and Kileleshwa. He said there have been instances of youths holding house parties, thus raising the risk of spreading the virus.”

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Why Kenya may escape total COVID-19 pandemic

“Kenya may escape a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic partly because of its youthful population, warm weather and some assumed immunity gained through exposure to similar diseases, scientists have said.”

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What Kenya must look out for before easing COVID-19 restrictions

“The overall impact of curbing the spread of infections has been the key goal. But there is still a need to include economic safety nets to cushion the poor and vulnerable populations while providing security.”

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Kenya had 518 intensive care unit beds by March

“The country has about 518 Intensive Care Unit hospital beds spread across 25 counties, according to a report compiled by the Ministry of Health. Nearly half of these are in Nairobi County at 246.”

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75% of small, medium businesses at risk of collapsing by June-CBK (Kenya)

“At least 75 per cent of SMEs are facing closure by end of June due to lack of funds, CBK governor Patrick Njoroge has said. During a post-MPC briefing on Thursday, he said there is an urgent need to cushion them as they contribute hugely to the country’s employment and GDP. Meanwhile, diaspora remittances are expected to drop 12 per cent this year on coronavirus effects.”

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