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Kenya to plant 1.8 billion trees as UN report calls for safeguarding biodiversity

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Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry pledged to plant an additional 1.8 billion trees as efforts to reverse biodiversity loss on Friday, the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya said that the 1.8 billion trees will be planted by 2022 to help conserve biodiversity hotspots in the country.

“We owe it to ourselves and to future generations and are committed to ensuring that biodiversity will be conserved and protected to continue providing benefits to the people of Kenya,” Tobiko said in a statement during the International day for biological diversity.

He said that sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services is not only the key to economic development but also important to human advancement.

Tobiko said that Kenya has put in place a range of interventions to tackle biodiversity loss the government has put in place an ambitious action plan that aims to halt the loss of iconic plant and animal species since the country is a nature-based economy, with natural resources supporting 80 percent of the economy.

Also on Friday, UN released the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests, calling for urgent action to be taken to safeguard the biodiversity of the world‘s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation.

The report was produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership, for the first time, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and technical input from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

The report reveals that some 420 million hectares of forest have been lost through conversion to other land uses since 1990, although the rate of deforestation has decreased over the past three decades.

The COVID-19 crisis has thrown into sharp focus the importance of conserving and sustainably using nature, recognizing that people’s health is linked to ecosystem health, according to the report.

The report calls for the protection of forests since they harbor most of the Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity.

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Kenya’s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,286

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286.

Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours.

Mwangangi said that 70 of the latest patients are Kenyans, while the other two are foreigners from Uganda and Somalia respectively.

She said nine patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 392.

Mwangangi said one person died from the deadly respiratory disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 52.

The East African nation has so far tested 61,971 from 20 national laboratories that are strategically located in critical areas across the country.

The Kenyan Government has developed several nutrition guidelines to keep populations healthy, banned movements in and out of the disease hotspots, suspended learning and banned international as well as domestic flights to help curtail the spread of the virus.

The government has also trained 11,000 health care workers and 60,000 community health workers across the country.

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Kenya’s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,286

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286.

Mercy Mwangangi, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples which were tested in the last 24 hours.

Mwangangi said that 70 of the latest patients are Kenyans, while the other two are foreigners from Uganda and Somalia respectively.

She said nine patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 392.

Mwangangi said one person died from the deadly respiratory disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 52.

The east African nation has so far tested 61,971 from 20 national laboratories that are strategically located in critical areas across the country.

The Kenyan government has developed several nutrition guidelines to keep populations healthy, banned movements in and out of the disease hotspots, suspended learning and banned international and domestic flights to help contain the spread of the virus.

The government has also trained 11,000 health care workers and 60,000 community health workers across the country.

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Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 1,214 as 22 more test positive

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally to 1,214.

Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health of Kenya, told journalists that the cases were discovered after testing 1,108 samples in the last 24 hours.

Aman said that three patients were released during the period from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients who have so far recovered to 383.

The official said that one patient succumbed to the disease while receiving treatment, bringing the total number of deaths to 51.

He said that so far 59,260 samples have been tested since the pandemic was reported in the country on March 13.

Aman added that from the 22 people who were tested positive in the last 24 hours, 17 are male while five are female.

Kenya has banned movements in and out of areas including Nairobi and Mombasa following the increases of cases.

“I want to state that the restrictions were not aimed at punishing any particular community. The restrictions and measures have been advocated for in the interest of public good, and to contain the spread of the disease,” Aman added.

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Feature: Kenya’s home delivery services boom amid COVID-19 pandemic

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James Kamotho nestles a phone between his ear and his shoulder while on his bicycle, he is on a call confirming a list of items sent to him by his customer before making a delivery.

Kamotho’s vegetable stall located in Nairobi’s Buruburu suburb has been delivering freshly chopped sukuma wiki (kale) among other fresh produce to customers as it strives to stay afloat amid disruptions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I started making deliveries after I observed a drop in the number of customers coming to the stall. The reception has been overwhelming as I have begun to receive orders from outside Buruburu,” Kamotho told Xinhua during an interview on Saturday.

The middle-aged vegetable vendor has been pushed to review his business approach to survive in the wake of the global pandemic.

Home delivery services have seen a rising trajectory in the country as the effects of the pandemic continue to bite. Small businesses have adopted this model which was initially a preserve of well-established enterprises.

On average, Kamotho makes slightly above a dozen deliveries to his customers in a single day.

His customers are able to reach him either through a phone call or by sending him a short message.

“I do not charge for deliveries within the neighborhood. However, it costs about 50 shillings (about 0.47 U.S. dollars) for deliveries outside. I have seen a great improvement in my business consequently my four employees continue to receive their full salary,” said Kamotho.

“We have been experiencing brisk activities since we started making deliveries and we are happy we still have our jobs at a time when people are being laid off, ” said Elizabeth Shiro, Kamotho’s female employee.

Just like Kamotho’s vegetable stall, a wines and spirits shop located a few meters from his stall is using a motorbike to deliver alcoholic drinks conveniently to its customers.

“I am mulling over the idea of partnering with a leading delivery service company to reach as many customers as possible because orders have gone up since bars and clubs were closed,” said Kariuki Gatimu, the proprietor of the wines and spirits outlet.

He said the service has been received with excitement among alcohol consumers.

“We have allowed our well-established customers to order for their drinks on credit with the promise to pay at a later date. I attribute our revenue increase to this scenario,” said Gatimu.

In Nairobi’s central business district, Anastasia Wambui gives instructions to his biker before sending him off with skin products.

The 35-year-old female entrepreneur has taken to transporting items to his clients while leveraging on social media.

“I began delivering when I witnessed a significant drop in the number of customers coming to my shop. I imagined delivery would see me incur losses but after doing it for close to two months, I am convinced I made a good decision,” said Wambui.

She said her stall is now merely a storage store as walk-ins have dipped.

Business owners have continued to reap dividends from home deliveries in these unusual times as people opt to stay at home and observe the social distancing.

Many enterprises have foregone their traditional way of operating and changed for the better.

A leading retail supermarket in Kenya in March launched a pilot phase solution of delivering local dishes to clients.

The food will cater to the low and middle-income earners and the price range is between 0.84 and 1.68 dollars with zero cost for delivery.

“Our customers have been providing great insight on touchpoints we can use to ease the existing COVID-19 challenges concerning retail services, and we are actively responding,” said Dan Githua, CEO of Tuskys Supermarket.

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Feature: Kenyans come up with digital innovation to streamline food aid delivery

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The much-publicized scramble for relief food by residents of Nairobi’s Kibera slums in April shed light on the magnitude of hunger facing the low-income populations due to COVID-19 disruptions.

But for Lorna Sempele, a Kenyan communication specialist, it was a call to find a solution to streamline the distribution of food aid.

She has found the solution in a digital innovation, M-Riziki, a mobile and web-enabled system that brings together shopkeepers, beneficiaries, and financiers.

The system, already adopted by the county government of Kajiado to distribute relief food to more than 30,000 people, was developed in less than two months.

A few days after the Kibera slums incident, Sempele who runs a communication consultancy agency, Empiris Creative, partnered with a software developer Joshua Nderi from Fashionnaire Corporation, to come up with the innovation.

The digital innovation which the duo have already patented facilitates beneficiaries’ access to relief food. They collect the package at their own convenience and from the nearest pre-selected shop.

The duo enters into the system data on beneficiaries identified by the financier. It is the information they use to prompt the beneficiary through a short message sent to their mobile phones, on where to collect the food and its cost.

Sempele says the dignity of the beneficiaries is safeguarded since the system excludes gathering or queuing for the commodity.

“Nobody can notice that they are beneficiaries as there is nothing like crowding. They just walk to a pre-selected shop in private and collect their food,” Sempele told Xinhua during an interview on Saturday.

Nderi, the system’s developer assured of the security of the system, stating that its features are tamper-proof.

With the system, financiers deposit the money to buy the food to a bank account linked with the mobile money transfer platform, M-Pesa.

The shopkeepers are later paid through the M-PESA upon proofing the dispatch with receipts. Nderi said this is to ensure transparency and accountability of the entire process.

“We collect receipts to prove that the beneficiaries did indeed collect the food because every beneficiary gets a unique number through an SMS (short message),” said Nderi.

“Once that number expires, the system automatically bills us on behalf of the shopkeeper. So, we have to get the receipts as evidence and that is what we will present to the financier,” he added.

Nderi is optimistic that digital innovation would be adopted by humanitarian agencies that provide food aid to communities affected by climatic shocks like droughts.

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Kenya athletics coach warns athletes against fatigue, burnout

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Kenya national athletics team head coach Julius Kirwa has warned athletes to brace for a congested season when sporting competition returns in August.

However, Kirwa warned that there will be a likelihood of burnout unless runners opt to compete sparingly and avoid incurring long-term injuries through excessive fatigue.

“There will be a hunger for competition for most athletes to compensate for lost time and opportunities when the season starts. The lockdown has impacted on all and they are taking it hard. But it will be over soon and the sports competition will be back. But that has to be taken with caution as there will be too many events within a short time,” Kirwa said on Saturday in Nairobi.

The coach said Athletics Kenya (AK) will organize counseling sessions to offer advice to athletes prior to them venturing into action proper.

This, he said, will help them analyze their progression and choose the right events for their career development.

“With many events lumped together it will be important to give out advice on where to run and which races to skip. What is important is for the athletes to continue with their training while considering their health safety,” said Kirwa.

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) said the coaches have the responsibility to encourage athletes to remain focused on their fitness and completion.

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Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta calls for more efforts to end obstetric fistula

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Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Saturday called for the need to intensify ongoing efforts to end obstetric fistula even as the country is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.

Margaret said although Kenya has in the past couple of years registered encouraging decline in maternal mortality, pregnancy-related complications such as obstetric fistula and other morbidities continue to be a public health concern.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic period when health concerns have been prioritized to fight the pandemic, our healthcare facilities are not only strained but also disrupted,” she said in a statement on this year’s International Day in Ending Obstetric Fistula being observed globally on Saturday.

Margaret said she has made a firm commitment to champion advocacy in ending obstetric fistula in Kenya by 2030, by creating awareness on prevention and also by encouraging women living with the condition to seek treatment through surgical repair.

“We have supported these women to integrate back into their communities and supported the training of 136 community healthcare workers who are the frontline caregivers for our women and girls,” Margaret said.

Obstetric fistula affects women who lack access to quality obstetric care.

The disease is more prevalent among women living in communities whose cultural practices encourage early marriage and female genital mutilation, both factors increase the risk of prolonged obstructed labor leading to the condition.

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Kenya confirms 31 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 1,192

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday confirmed additional 31 COVID-19 cases that tested positive in the last 24 hours, bringing the national total to 1,192.

Kenyatta said that the cases were discovered by medical personnel after testing 2,576 samples, bringing the total samples that have been tested to 57,650 since the pandemic was reported in the country on March 13.

“The Coronavirus pandemic will continue undermining our efforts to revitalize the economy for the unforeseeable future. The rate of infections may surge upwards if we fail to comply with the protocols issued by the Ministry of Health,” Kenyatta said during a televised address.

He said that no deaths were reported during the last 24 hours, adding that overall fatalities in the country still stood at 50.

The Kenyan leader urged members of the public to heed the call from medical personnel and conduct themselves with the responsibility to avert further transmission of the viral respiratory disease.

Kenyatta said that to combat the effects of the economic downturn, the government planned to hire an additional 5,000 healthcare workers for a period of one year.

“This COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, it is fundamentally an economic crisis. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed and the economy is on a go-slow,” said Kenyatta.

The traders in Kenya are the most affected by lack of cash flow during the COVID-19 lockdown, forcing most of them to renegotiate loan repayments with banks, head of the Central Bank of Kenya said on Friday.

“The value of loans that Kenyans have renegotiated is 9.6 percent of the entire banking sector loan book,” said Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The trading sector now accounts for 26 percent of the total value of all loans that have been renegotiated with banks in the month of April. Other sectors experiencing significant lack of business include real estate at 18.6 percent, tourism and manufacturing each accounting for 13.6 percent of all loans that have been renegotiated, according to the data released by the CBK.

Nearly all commercial banks in Kenya have started renegotiating loan terms with clients to restructure terms of repayment in the face of lockdown that has meant the closure of some businesses.

Kenya has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew, partially locked down five counties and closed its borders with neighboring Somalia and Tanzania as part of anti-COVID-19 containment measures.

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Kenya’s ex-rugby international Allan Makaka dies in road accident

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Kenya’s rugby fraternity is in mourning following the sudden death of former Kenya Sevens international Allan Makaka in a road accident.

Makaka, who was working for Royal Media Services, was killed when his vehicle rammed into a stationary trailer from behind on a deserted highway in the capital Nairobi on Friday. He was 37.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed his death on Saturday while leading tributes to the former international, who was hailed as one of the fastest wingers to ever wear the national team shirt.

“A warm individual off the pitch, Allan’s death is indeed a huge loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the rugby fraternity,” the KRU wrote in a statement.

Born on June 28, 1982, Makaka was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

He made a total of 57 appearances in the Sevens World Series, scoring 28 tries to rank 21st overall amongst Kenya’s all-time try scorers in the World Series.

Fiji’s sevens legend Waisale Serevi once described Makaka as one of the fastest players that he had ever come across.

“The Royal Media Services (RMS) family mourns the death of our colleague Allan Makaka following a tragic road accident on May 22, 2020. His family has lost a loving husband, father and son, while RMS and the world have lost a vibrant creative genius,” his employers posted on Twitter as Kenyans took to social media to pay tribute to Makaka.

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UN chief appoints Ojiambo of Kenya as Global Compact executive director

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appointed Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya as executive director of the UN Global Compact, the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

As the second woman to be appointed in the role, Ojiambo will succeed Lise Kingo of Denmark.

Ojiambo, who assumes the role on June 17, will bring 20 years of experience to lead the Global Compact in its next phase to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders and bring the full weight of the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, said Guterres’ press office.

Ojiambo is a long-time business leader in Kenya. She holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, the United States, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and international development from McGill University, Canada.

Launched in July 2000, the UN Global Compact is the secretary-general’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

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Tanzania, Kenya resolve dispute over COVID-19 tests for cross-border truck drivers

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Tanzania and Kenya on Friday resolved a dispute over COVID-19 tests for truck drivers crossing the border, facilitating trade between the two East African countries.

The dispute, which had been ongoing for quite some time, was resolved by ministers responsible for transport from the two countries at the end of their one-day meeting at the Namanga border post, said a communique released at the end of the meeting.

The meeting followed a directive on Wednesday by heads of state of Tanzania and Kenya to ministers responsible for transport and commissioners of border regions to resolve the dispute to facilitate trade between the two countries.

According to the communique, the ministers agreed that truck drivers from both sides will be tested for COVID-19 before commencement of their journeys at the point of origin using standards set by the World Health Organization.

The two countries agreed that tested truck drivers should be issued with a 14-day COVID-19 free certificate by competent authorities, which should be mutually recognized by the two countries, said the communique.

The communique said the two countries also agreed that each country should create conducive places where the truck drivers can stop for a rest, adding that such places should be equipped with necessary amenities.

They further agreed that the two countries should undertake random COVID-19 screening at the designated resting places, said the communique, adding that the screening should be done in a transparent manner.

According to the communique, the two countries agreed that in case of one of the truck crew being found to be at high risk of COVID-19, the owner of the truck will be allowed to replace all the crew and the truck allowed to proceed.

It said the two countries agreed to release to the public data on the status of COVID-19 without mentioning the nationality of the infected.

Tanzania was represented by Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe, while Kenya was represented by Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works James Macharia.

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Kenya secures 205mln USD loan to contain COVID-19 pandemic

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Friday it has approved 22 billion shillings (205 million U.S. dollars) loan to support Kenya’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AfDB said the loan will also help Kenya mitigate the related economic, health and social impacts.

“The next step will focus on helping build resilience for postCOVID-19,” the Bank’s acting director general for East Africa Nnenna Nwabufo said in a statement.

The lender said the loan will extend additional resources to Kenya as the country takes steps to contain the spread of the pandemic and deal with its unprecedented impact.

The bank’s intervention will also be used to support the poor and vulnerable people who have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

Since Kenya’s first COVID-19 infection was confirmed on March 13, cases have risen to 1,161, while the number of recoveries and deaths are 380 and 50, respectively, as of Friday.

Kenya says the pandemic which is placing significant pressure on an already stretched healthcare system, has disrupted supply chains and caused job losses in the tourism, hospitality, horticulture and airline industries, among others.

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Kenya raises 42,609 USD at biodiversity event organized by YILI group, Chinese Embassy, UNEP

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Kenya raised 4.56 million Kenya Shilling (42,609 U.S. Dollar) of both PPEs and cash donations at a donation ceremony organized by YILI group, Chinese Embassy to Kenya and United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) on the International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on Friday.

It is the first online livestreaming cross-country donation event between China and Kenya with key information delivered “to be good to nature is to be good to ourselves”.

During the live stream, Chairman of YILI group Pan Gang said YILI group always believes in biological diversity and sustainable development. YILI has been working to promote biological diversity by its own capacity and collaborations with other authorities for the past 14 years.

Max Gomera, the representative of UNEP, states that the YILI group has shown its commitment and action to help our youngsters to understand nature and their awareness for sustainable development.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng said that the YILI group will not only help wildlife conservation in Kenya but also promote our great nature of diversity in Africa.

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Two buffaloes kill elderly Kenyan woman, 3 others injured

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Two buffaloes attacked and killed an elderly woman while three others escaped with injuries in eastern Kenya, the wildlife agency said on Friday.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its teams are currently in the process of driving back two buffaloes into a protected area that have strayed into human settlements in Nuu village in Mwingi sub-county.

“We are saddened to announce that the buffaloes attacked and killed an elderly woman while three other people escaped with injuries,” KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The wildlife agency said both ground and aerial KWS teams are in the village in frantic efforts to drive the buffaloes to a protected area.

KWS said its Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU) and security personnel from Mwingi and Kitui stations are working hard to drive the animals to either Mwingi national reserve or South Kitui national reserve.

The buffaloes are suspected to have moved from the South Mwingi national reserve.

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Kenya’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,161 after 52 new test positive

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed 52 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 1,161.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health of Kenya, said the new cases are from 2,567 samples which were tested in the last 24 hours.

Kagwe said that 48 of the latest cases are Kenyans while four are foreign nationals from Uganda and Somalia.

The Kenyan official said five patients were discharged from hospitals after testing negative upon receiving treatment bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 380.

He said that no patient has died from the deadly pandemic in the last one week, adding that the fatality still remains at 50.

Kagwe added that a total of 55,074 samples have so far been tested in the country since pandemic was first recorded in the country.

He said that the fight against the disease requires the entire government and the whole society approach and not one level of government.

“I appeal for vigilance and urge everyone to strictly observe the containment measures that we have put in place,” he said.

Kenya has so far banned the movement of persons and passengers in and out of Kenya through the Tanzania and Somalia borders following the spike in cross-border COVID-19 transmission. Only cargo vehicles are exempted from the directive.

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Cholera outbreak kills 13 in Kenya

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday that 13 people have died due to cholera following heavy rains pounding several parts of the nation.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said that medical personnel are working round the clock to control the reported 550 disease cases, mostly appeared in northern Kenya.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost 13 Kenyans to the disease, 12 of them in Marsabit and one in Turkana,’’ Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

“Regrettably, most of the case, 40 per cent and sadly, 70 per cent of the deaths too, have been among children aged 10 years and below.’’

The official said other cases have been reported in Garissa in north-eastern Kenya and that the outbreak gradually made its way to Wajir, Turkana and Muranga in central Kenya.

He said that 48 cases in Garissa, four in Wajir and eight in Muranga have been controlled, following quick intervention by health personnel.

Kagwe announced that the government has enhanced intervention and that cases in Marsabit and Turkana in the northern region will be contained over the next two weeks.

“We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localised to only two areas – Marsabit and Turkana,”’’ he added.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease, usually spread by contaminated water and food.

It can cause severe diarrhoea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration and kidney failure within hours.

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday 13 people have died due to cholera following heavy rains pounding several parts of the nation.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health said that medical personnel is working round the clock to control the reported 550 disease cases mostly appeared in northern Kenya.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost a total of 13 Kenyans from the disease, 12 of them in Marsabit and one in Turkana,” Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

“Regrettably, most of the case, 40 percent, and sadly, 70 percent of the deaths too, have been among children aged 10 years and below,” he added.

The official said other cases have been reported in Garissa in northeastern Kenya and gradually made its way to Wajir, Turkana and Muranga in central Kenya.

He said that 48 cases in Garissa, four in Wajir and eight in Muranga have been controlled following quick intervention by health personnel.

Kagwe announced that the government has enhanced intervention and that cases in Marsabit and Turkana in the northern region will be contained over the next two weeks.

“We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localized to only two areas, which is Marsabit and Turkana,” he added.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease, usually spread by contaminated water and food, and can cause severe diarrhea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration and kidney failure within hours.

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Kenya secures 43 mln USD from World Bank for desert locust response

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The World Bank said Thursday it has approved 4.6 billion shillings (43 million U.S. dollars) credit to help Kenya respond to the threat posed by the desert locust outbreak and to strengthen the government’s system for preparedness.

Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank country director for Kenya said the locust attack could worsen food security later this year and a possible rise in food prices without immediate intervention.

“We are working with other development partners to provide, restore and enhance the livelihoods of affected farmers, pastoralists and vulnerable households that have been affected by the locust attack and are food insecure,” he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The East Africa nation has suffered from the worst desert locust invasion in 70 years that has affected the already vulnerable northern region of the country.

The locust swarms, which crossed into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia in December 2019 and have since spread to 28 counties, pose a severe food security threat to about three million people.

The World Bank said the emergency locust response project will provide immediate surveillance and locust management measures to halt the spread of the pests.

Vinay Kumar Vutukuru, World Bank Task Team Leader for Kenya said the project will further strengthen the ministry of agriculture‘s ongoing efforts in managing the locust attack.

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Kenya records 80 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed 80 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally of infections to 1,109.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said a total of 3,102 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

“This is the largest sample size tested so far. The trend demonstrates that the larger the sample size, the more the positive cases,” Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

He said there were another 40 truck drivers, 39 Tanzanians and one Burundi national, who tested positive for the virus, after having been tested in the Kenya-Tanzania border points, and were referred back to Tanzania.

Kagwe said that nine patients were discharged from hospital and the total number of recoveries reached 375. The death toll still stood at 50.

He said that the government had increased testing capacity by about 40 percent and intend to continue with the escalation. Kenya had so far tested 52,507 samples since the disease was reported in the country.

The Ministry of Health Director General Patrick Amoth said on Thursday the coronavirus peak in Kenya will be in August and September.

The East Africa nation has suspended learning in learning institutions, declared nationwide dust to dawn curfew and closed borders with Tanzania and Somalia to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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Kenya records 80 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises 1,109

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed 80 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally of infections to 1,109.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said 3,102 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

“This is the largest sample size tested so far. The trend demonstrates that the larger the sample size, the more the positive cases,” Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

Kagwe said that nine patients were discharged from hospital and the total number of recoveries reached 375. The death toll still stood at 50.

He said that the government had increased testing capacity by about 40 percent and intend to continue with the escalation. Kenya had so far tested 52,507 samples since the disease was reported in the country.

The Ministry of Health Director General Patrick Amoth said on Thursday the coronavirus peak in Kenya will be in August and September.

The East Africa nation has suspended learning in learning institutions, declared nationwide dust to dawn curfew and closed borders with Tanzania and Somalia to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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