Kenya recorded its first case of Corona Virus on 13th March 2020 from a 27-year-old woman who had traveled to London. Since then, Kenya’s positive cases are rising gradually every day, with the most affected areas being Nairobi and Mombasa counties. Th...
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Kenya recorded its first case of Corona Virus on 13th March 2020 from a 27-year-old woman who had traveled to London. Since then, Kenya’s positive cases are rising gradually every day, with the most affected areas being Nairobi and Mombasa counties. The other counties with recorded positive cases are Muran’ga, Kiambu, Siaya, Kajiado, Kitui, Nakuru, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Homabay, and Wajir.
As of 1st May 2020, Kenya recorded 15 new cases bringing the toll number to 411 positive confirmed cases, 150 recoveries that represent 36.5%, and 21 fatalities representing 5.1%. 11 out of the 15 positive cases announced on May 1st were from Mombasa. The Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe said they would impose stricter measures in Mombasa County to prevent it from spreading to other counties.
“Mombasa’s trend is now worrying, and we may have to impose tougher measures to avert the spread of the virus,” says CS Mutahi Kagwe when announcing the results.
The CS further opined that Wajir County would also have steeper measures to prevent new cases from spreading from the neighboring Somalia border.
“Judging on the proximity of Wajir to Somalia which has over 500 cases, we are likely to close the border between Wajir and Somalia to ensure that the virus does not spread,” CS Kagwe opines.
The government continues to impact measures that will help in curbing the pandemic. President Uhuru Kenyatta, on March 25th, announced a nationwide curfew from 5 is-7pm, which was implemented on 27th March. The curfew is exempted from only a few authorized individuals; those found breaking the curfew hours are taken to two weeks forced quarantine.
President Uhuru further empathized with the country on the economic crisis brought by this pandemic and impacted the following measures that were effective from 1st April 2020. They include: 100% tax relief to Kenyans earning Ksh 24,000 and below, PAYE reduction from 30% to 25%, reduction of the turnover tax rate from 3% to 1% for all micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), reduction of resident income tax to 25, temporary suspension of the listing of all loan defaulters and reduction of VAT from 16% to 14%.