Millions of Kenyans face hunger as COVID-19 pandemic ravages

“A new report published by United Kingdom aid research firm Development Initiatives has shown at least 3.6 million vulnerable Kenyans are likely to face hunger as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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Alfred Mutua obtains Tanzania’s alleged COVID-19 cure for testing in Kenyan labs

“Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has received bottles of the medicine reportedly being used in Tanzania for COVID-19 treatment. Mutua said he had sent one of the bottles of the alleged COVID-19 ‘cure’ to the Machakos Research Labs and another to the Kenya Medical Research Institute for studies on the efficacy of the medicine.”

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Governors must stop monkey business if we are to win COVID-19 war

“In his latest address on the COVID-19 pandemic this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated the clarion call to Kenyans to exercise individual and collective civic responsibility if we are to avert the catastrophe in the country.”

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COVID-19 has exposed gaps in critical care in Kenya’s health sector

“Our resilience is being stretched to the limit; bed spaces are diminishing, caregivers are contracting the virus and hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed. We are tragically unprepared for the deluge of patients with a virus we still cannot cure, even as the curve continues upwards.”

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Coronavirus: Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera declares 3 days of fasting, prayer

“Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera urged all religious citizens to pray against the COVID-19 pandemic, quick recovery of infected patients and safety of health workers. Chakwera, a theologian, said the country will also be thanking God for the things he has done for Malawi during the past 12 months.”

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South Africa bans liquor, restores curfew as COVID-19 cases spike

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has held yet another ‘family meeting’ with South Africans over the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures the government is undertaking to combat the virus. The address came against the backdrop of an upsurge of cases in the nation ahead of an expected peak in the infections. Ramaphosa also announced that liquor would be suspended with immediate effect.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Ministry of Health rules out mass testing: ‘It’s very expensive and waste of reagents’ (Kenya)

“The Ministry of Health has ruled out mass COVID-19 testing across the country terming the process as a very expensive affair that leads to waste of reagents. In a new strategy under discussion, the health department would now only test people exhibiting symptoms of the disease and those in quarantine centers.”

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All Lands Ministry staff ordered to take COVID-19 test after one turns out positive (Kenya)

“All staff at the Ministry of Lands have been ordered to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing after an employee at Ardhi House tested positive for the virus. This came as Kenya continued to record an increase in the number of coronavirus cases across the country.”

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