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Coronavirus COVID-19 Kenya

The novel coronavirus has upended the world’s social and economic fabric. Since China first identified the virus last year, regions have been shuttered. Coronavirus has reached Kenya and the pandemic has affected the country in different ways.

Schools and businesses shut down, travel restricted, events and sports cancelled and hardest of all, the incorporation of social distancing. Let’s take a look at how the virus spread around the world.

How the virus spread around the world

Effects of The Coronavirus in Kenya

Let’s take a look at a timeline, depicting how it has affected Kenya.

Coronavirus in Kenya

6th March, 2020: Kenya Ministry of Health Communicates

The Ministry of health alerts Kenyans through text that they will be sending info on the coronavirus. hey also set up a Toll-Free line for the same purpose. 0800721316.

12 March, 2020 – First Case of the coronavirus confirmed in Kenya

The victim is a Kenyan Citizen who travelled back from Nairobi, via London on 5th March, 2020. The patient took herself to the hospital immediately she displayed symptoms.

As a response to this, the government suspends public events, meetings and crusades.

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15 March, 2020 – Two more cases confirmed

The president, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta announces that we have received two more cases of COVID-19 in Kenya. Primary Schools and High Schools would be closed on Monday and Wednesday respectively. Universities would also be closed as from 16th March, 2020.

16th March 2020 – Mobile Money Payments

Following a meeting with Payment service providers, the Central bank of Kenya announced a set of measures to help facilitate increased use of mobile money transactions.

  •  Safaricom announces that any transactions less than KES 1000 would be completely free for the next 90 days, starting March 17th.
  • They will also increase the maximum M-PESA transaction limit from KES 140,000 to KES 300,000.
  • AIRTEL also announced that transactions conducted on Airtel’s mobile money platform will be free, starting from the 17th of March.

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Airtel has also set up a toll-free line 719, where all customers can now access information and updates on the COVID-19.

The results of the coronavirus affecting two more people in Kenya led to a nationwide cause of concern. Kenyans have followed the guidelines from WHO. For example,

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17th March, 2020: iHub Suspends co-working services.

Amid the presence of coronavirus in Kenya, iHub will suspend he co-working services until further notice.

Tech companies are responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by limiting travel, cancelling major events and fighting growing misinformation on their platforms.

If you’re in the market for new devices, then you may experience delays in shipping as factories in China temporarily close – or run a limited operation – to combat the virus. Similarly, tech companies are cancelling launch events which may change release dates of devices.

Phone Companies Slow Down Phone Production

This includes Transsion, the maker of Infinix, TECNO and Itel, Samsung, HUAWEI and Apple. They have forced to slow down operations in the wake of this pandemic.

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Little sends a statement with regards to the Coronavirus outbreak in Kenya.

We are educating our driver-partners on the safety guidelines as per the WHO website. We are planning to distribute alcohol-based hand sanitizer with all our drivers. They will be having an enhanced cleaning and disinfection process with and use certified chemicals that kill viruses, bacteria, and germs.

18th March, 2020: Updates on Home Schooling  and NTSA Doesn’t want you to use cash

Home Schooling

As the number of confirmed cases rises to 7, homeschooling has become a must in Kenyan households. The CS urges Kenyans to keep children learning. The CS said that the ministry has partnered with the state broadcaster, the Kenya Broadcasting Services, to broadcast radio programs daily from Monday to Friday through their Radio Taifa and English Service.

Radio Taifa lessons will run from 10 am to 11 am and the English Service lessons will run from 9:15 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The CS, George Magoha said that for television learning, the lessons will be transmitted on the Kenya Institute and Curriculum Development (KICD)Edu-Channel TV. This content will be uploaded to their YouTube Channel.

NTSA sends a message informing Kenyans on the steps they are advising to help curb the spread of the virus.

“You can pay your PSV fares through any mobile money payment platform following reduction of transaction fees. Avoid cash payment. Protect yourself, family and the community #COVID-19.”

Banks waive transaction fees

“Dear Customer, to support cashless transactions as a measure aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19, we have waived transaction fees on the following channels: PesaLink, Account to M-PESA and Mobile Money transfers effective immediately. This waiver will be available for a period of 90 days. In addition, transaction limits for mobile money transactions have been increased to KES 150,000 (PesaLink limits remain the same).

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Little has given up its 15 percent commission to reward its 50,000 drivers

Corporate communications head Joseph Christopher said this was aimed at encouraging drivers to respond to individual requests by Kenyans

“We have decided that in this time of reduced business activity, we will not be charging any commission to our drivers on their retail rides, so that they can keep all the revenue they make. We normally charge 15 per cent of the trip value as our commission but this has been forfeited to ensure that our driver earns a decent living,” he said.

Loop Reverses Charges on Transactions made from 16th March

Hey Looper, in support of facilitating cashless payments, we wish to advise that we will effect a waiver on all outgoing Loop payment services for a period of 90 days from 20th Mar 2020. We confirm all fees charged from 16th Mar 2020 will be reversed to your Loop Account. #GoCashlessWithLoop

19-20th March, 2020: Kenyan Organizations VS COVID-19

Kenyan organizations, Jumia, Glovo, Equity, Uber Kenya, SafeBoda and SkyGarden have taken measures to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus in Kenya.

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Public Transport Rules Change

22nd March, 2020: 8 more cases are confirmed, All international flights have been cancelled

CS Kagwe announces that 8 more cases have been confirmed in Kenya. 5 of the cases are Kenyan Citizens and 3 are foreigners.

International Flights Cancelled

As of 25th, all international flights have been cancelled. All citizens have been asked to return before that day.

Bars and Restaurants

Bars are to be closed as from midnight tonight. Restaurants will remain open but you can only get take away.

Church, Mosque and other social gatherings cancelled.

25th March, 2020: Borders closed, cases reach 26 and a curfew is set

Kenya has now reported 26 COVID-19 cases. The government has also barred all flights to and from the country.

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Curfew

The President issues a nationwide curfew from Friday the 27th of March that starts at 7 PM and ends at 5 AM.

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26th March – First COVID-19 Related Death

The patient who succumbed to the virus was a 66-year-old man who had been diagnosed with diabetes. He had been admitted at Agha Khan Hospital’s ICU.

“We have received the sad news of the death of the first patient who had tested positive for Coronavirus,” said Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement released on the evening of 26th March.

As of this date, there were 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the republic with 1 reported recovery.

2nd April – Government Confirms 3 People Have So Far Died

As the effects of COVID-19 in Kenya start to be felt, the government has confirmed the death of two more Coronavirus patients bringing the total number to three.
The number of active cases in Kenya has also risen to 110 as of April 2. Recovered cases were reported as 4.

6th April – Nairobi Metropolitan, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi On Border Lockdown

On Monday, 6th April President Uhuru announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya had risen to 158, with 6 deaths being recorded so far due to the pandemic.
The president then announced that the hot spot counties; Nairobi Metropolis, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi would be placed on border lockdown for the next 21 days starting from April 6th at 7 pm.
This means that those who stay within those borders will not be allowed to leave the counties and those who stay outside those borders will not be allowed to get into the specified counties.

Below is a map of Nairobi metropolis to help you understand the borders:

Nairobi Metropolis COVID-19

Map of Nairobi Metropolis | Image Courtesy Twitter

Note that movement within the counties is allowed, as long as precautionary measures are taken such as wearing of face masks, washing hands with soap and using sanitizers.

20th May- Kenya Crosses 1000 Coronavirus cases mark

About 74 days later and Kenya has 1029 confirmed Coronavirus cases with 66 new cases reported today. The lockdown is still ongoing with the extension of the cessation of movement in Eastleigh and Old Town Mombasa pushed to 6TH June, 2020.

Kenya currently has 50 confirmed deaths while the global statistics stand at 4.9 million confirmed cases, 1.69 million recoveries and 323 thousand deaths.

This will be a continuously updated article.

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