Covid-19 is still a menace that many African countries are battling with. Several African leaders of the African Union have come up together to find permanent solutions to the pandemic. Governments of various African countries have rolled out restrictive measures to help curb the coronavirus disease. The cases in Africa have been rising every 24 hours. Currently, there are over 110000 cases of coronavirus and thousands of fatalities.
COVID-19 In Kenya
Covid-19 landed on Kenyan soils in March. The president immediately imposed measures starting with the night-time curfew. Day after day the minister of health has been announcing the rising cases of coronavirus as medical experts battle with it. As per the 2nd week of May, the coronavirus has affected Kenya as the 4th most in East Africa. The ministry of health advises the citizens to take extra caution and follow the government’s directives.
COVID-19 Development In Kenya In May
During the first week of May, the cases of coronavirus were less than 500. The cities of Nairobi and Mombasa had the most cases as the president locked down several counties. He further told Kenyans on media that the money for fighting the coronavirus would be used appropriately. A day later, the cases rose by a significant number. Authorities decided to conduct mass testing in hotspot areas but the turnout of citizens was extremely law than the target. Some businesses also decided to go back to work normally but the minister of health gave warnings that local authorities would close them
On May 3rd, the Kenya Airways company announced through social media the plans of bringing citizens back home. Citizens stranded in London, Mumbai, and Guangzhou were to organize their coronavirus tests and a ticket to board plane was that they were to be negative. Furthermore, president Uhuru Kenyatta decided to pay young people for fumigation activities in the capital.
After a week was over, the president took a more draconian measure on Eastleigh and Old Town areas. The citizens in those 2 areas were not to move inside or outside of the regions. Besides, the Head of State directed the local authorities to close all the local businesses around. Several people complained about the situation but they had to wait for the 14 days lockdown to be over.
Complaints concerning high charges in quarantine facilities rose in the country as suspected people were escaping from the facilities. The government promised to cater to peoples’ coronavirus tests to encourage more people to turn out since people feared the high costs.
As of today, there has been a triple increase of coronavirus cases making the national tally surpass 1400 cases. Reports say the reason for a high increase in cases is because of larger mass testing and higher voluntarily tests. Before the cases hit the 1000 point, the government had released prisoners, shut down borders, and deported some foreigners. The reason for taking these measures was due to health concerns. The President has added the number of health workers as the country is still combating with the virus every single day.