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Netflix still has a good deal of original content in store for the rest of this year.

2018 has already seen the release of a long list of new original shows, including the sci-fi reboot “Lost In Space,” the dark comedy “Maniac,” and Matt Groening’s animated series “Disenchantment.”

Among the shows still to come are new seasons of Netflix originals like “Making a Murderer,” “Big Mouth,” and “House of Cards.”

This week, the service announced that its acclaimed reboot of the comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will premiere its second season on November 22.

Netflix has said it will spend $8 billion on shows and movies by the end of 2018 — up from the $6 billion it spent in 2017.

To help you sort through the service’s released and upcoming content, we’ve compiled a list of original shows that Netflix has confirmed are coming out in 2018. This excludes movies, kids’ shows, and series that might not come out until 2019 or later.

Here are all the shows we know Netflix is for sure putting out this year, along with their release date if available:

“Lovesick” (Season 3) — Released January 1


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“Lovesick” (Season 3) — Released January 1

(Netflix)

Netflix description: In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.”

“The End of the F***ing World” (Season 1) — Released January 5


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“The End of the F***ing World” (Season 1) — Released January 5

(Netflix)

Netflix description: A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel.

“Disjointed” (Season 1 – Part 2) — Released January 12


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“Disjointed” (Season 1 – Part 2) — Released January 12

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life.”

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” — Premiered January 12


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“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” — Premiered January 12

(Netflix)

Netflix description:TV legend David Letterman teams up with fascinating global figures for in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions in this monthly talk show.”

“Grace and Frankie” (Season 4) — Released January 19


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“Grace and Frankie” (Season 4) — Released January 19

(Melissa Moseley / Netflix)

Netflix description: They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”

“One Day at a Time” (Season 2) — Released January 26


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“One Day at a Time” (Season 2) — Released January 26

(Adam Rose/Netflix)

Netflix description: They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”

“Babylon Berlin” (Season 1) — Released January 30


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“Babylon Berlin” (Season 1) — Released January 30

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “A Soviet freight train’s hijacking leads a haunted cop and a poor typist to uncover a political conspiracy amid the vice and glamour of 1929 Berlin.”

“Altered Carbon” (Season 1) — Released February 2


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“Altered Carbon” (Season 1) — Released February 2

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “A new series set over 300 years in the future, when human minds are digitized and downloaded from body to body. Based on the classic cyberpunk novel.”

“Queer Eye” (Reboot) — Released February 7


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“Queer Eye” (Reboot) — Released February 7

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “With a new Fab 5 and some very tough missions, the Emmy-winning show is back and ready to make America fabulous again … one makeover at a time.”

“Everything Sucks!” (Season 1) — Released February 16


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“Everything Sucks!” (Season 1) — Released February 16

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Two groups of high school misfits — the AV club and the drama club — collide in this quirky coming-of-age story set in 1996 Oregon.”

“Seven Seconds” (Season 1) — Released February 23


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“Seven Seconds” (Season 1) — Released February 23

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Tensions run high in Jersey City after an African American teenager is critically injured by a cop.”

“Marseille” (Season 2) — Released February 23


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“Marseille” (Season 2) — Released February 23

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “The longtime mayor of Marseille is preparing to hand over the reins to his protégé when a sudden and ruthless battle erupts for control of the city.”

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Season 2) — Released March 8


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“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Season 2) — Released March 8

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen.”

“Collateral” (Season 1) — Released March 9


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“Collateral” (Season 1) — Released March 9

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man, a London detective uncovers a tangled conspiracy involving drug dealers, smugglers and spies.”

“Love” (Season 3) — Released March 9


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“Love” (Season 3) — Released March 9

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow.”

“On My Block” (Season 1) — Released March 16


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“On My Block” (Season 1) — Released March 16

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “This comedy series follows a diverse group of teenage friends as they confront the challenges of growing up in gritty inner-city Los Angeles.”

“Edha” (Season 1) — Released March 16


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“Edha” (Season 1) — Released March 16

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Revenge, passion and dark secrets push a successful fashion designer and single mother to her limits when she meets a handsome young immigrant.”

“The Mechanism” (Season 1) — Released March 23


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“The Mechanism” (Season 1) — Released March 23

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “This fictional drama series is loosely inspired by an investigation of alleged corruption in private and state oil and construction companies in Brazil.”

“Alexa & Katie” (Season 1) — Released March 23


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“Alexa & Katie” (Season 1) — Released March 23

(Netflix)

Netflix description:A funny and heartwarming show about two best friends eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school.”

“Santa Clarita Diet” (Season 2) — Released March 23


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“Santa Clarita Diet” (Season 2) — Released March 23

(Erica Parise / Netflix)

Netflix description:They’re ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way.”

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Season 2) — Released March 30


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“A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Season 2) — Released March 30

(Netflix)

Netflix description: The extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets.”

“Amo” (Season 1) — Released April 9


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“Amo” (Season 1) — Released April 9

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Despite the Philippine government’s crackdown on narcotics, high schooler Joseph expands his drug running while his cop uncle profits from corruption.”

“Lost In Space” (Season 1) — Released April 13


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“Lost In Space” (Season 1) — Released April 13

(Netflix)

Netflix description: Stranded light years from their destination, the Robinson family must come together to survive. A new drama series based on the 1960s sci-fi classic.”

“Money Heist” (Season 1) — Released May 2


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“Money Heist” (Season 1) — Released May 2

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.”

“The Rain” (Season 1) — Released May 4


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“The Rain” (Season 1) — Released May 4

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Six years after a brutal virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, two siblings join a band of young survivors seeking safety — and answers.”

“Dear White People” (Season 2) — Released May 4


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“Dear White People” (Season 2) — Released May 4

(Roadside Attractions)

Netflix description:Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as ‘post-racial’ as it thinks.”

“Bill Nye Saves the World” (Season 3) — Released May 11


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“Bill Nye Saves the World” (Season 3) — Released May 11

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Emmy-winning host Bill Nye brings experts and famous guests to his lab for a talk show exploring scientific issues that touch our lives.”

“The Break with Michelle Wolf” (Season 1) — Released May 27


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“The Break with Michelle Wolf” (Season 1) — Released May 27

(Getty Images)

Netflix description:Michelle Wolf pokes fun at everything and everyone on her weekly show. Wolf has worked on ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.'”

“Arrested Development” (Season 5) — Released May 29


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“Arrested Development” (Season 5) — Released May 29

(Netflix)

Netflix description:It’s the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Season 4) — Released May 30


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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Season 4) — Released May 30

(Netflix)

Netflix description:When a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City, she must navigate a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.”

“The Ranch” (Season 3) — Released June 15


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“The Ranch” (Season 3) — Released June 15

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt. Now he’s helping his dad and brother keep the ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family.”

“Queer Eye” (Season 2) — Released June 15


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“Queer Eye” (Season 2) — Released June 15

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “It’s the ‘Queer Eye‘ you know, but with five fresh new faces on a mission to make over Atlanta — and challenge notions of what it means to ‘be a man.'”

“The Ballad of Hugo Sánchez” (Season 1) — Released June 17


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“The Ballad of Hugo Sánchez” (Season 1) — Released June 17

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Chava Iglesias’s doting personal assistant Hugo Sánchez is tasked with leading Club de Cuervos to victory in Nicaragua — if only his mom will let him.”

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Season 2) — Released June 22


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“Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Season 2) — Released June 22

(Netflix)

Netflix description:A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn’t looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.”

“Paquita Salas” (Season 2) — Released June 29


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“Paquita Salas” (Season 2) — Released June 29

(Netflix)

Netflix description:One of Spain’s best talent agents in the ’90s, Paquita now finds herself searching desperately for new stars after suddenly losing her biggest client”

“GLOW” (Season 2) — Released June 29


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“GLOW” (Season 2) — Released June 29

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind ‘Orange Is the New Black.'”

“Sacred Games” (Season 1) — Released July 6


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“Sacred Games” (Season 1) — Released July 6

(Netflix)

Netflix description: Set amid the chaos of Mumbai, this epic series explores the corrupt underworld lurking beneath India’s economic renaissance. Based on the novel.”

“Anne With an E” (Season 2) — Released July 6


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“Anne With an E” (Season 2) — Released July 6

(Netflix)

Netflix description:A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Based on ‘Anne of Green Gables.'”

“Orange Is the New Black” (Season 6) — Released July 27


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“Orange Is the New Black” (Season 6) — Released July 27

(Netflix)

Netflix description:A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of ‘Weeds.'”

“All About the Washingtons” (Season 1) — Released August 10


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“All About the Washingtons” (Season 1) — Released August 10

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Hip-hop icon Rev. Run stars opposite wife Justine in this scripted comedy about one couple’s attempts at balancing work, romance and family chaos.”

“Insatiable” (Season 1) — Released August 10


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“Insatiable” (Season 1) — Released August 10

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “In this darkly comic series, a disgraced civil lawyer turned beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client.”

“Disenchantment” (Season 1) — Released August 17


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“Disenchantment” (Season 1) — Released August 17

(Netflix)

Netflix description:This animated series from Matt Groening follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.”

“The Innocents” (Season 1) — Released August 24


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“The Innocents” (Season 1) — Released August 24

(Netflix)

Netflix description:When a teenage couple runs away to be together, the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever.”

“Ozark” (Season 2) — Released August 31


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“Ozark” (Season 2) — Released August 31

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.”

“BoJack Horseman” (Season 5) — Released September 14


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“BoJack Horseman” (Season 5) — Released September 14

(Netflix)

Netflix description:1990s sitcom star BoJack Horseman is now a has-been with no love life and a permanent house guest. Then he gets a book deal — and a cute ghostwriter.”

“Maniac” (Season 1) — Released September 21


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“Maniac” (Season 1) — Released September 21

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in this remake of a Norwegian dark-comedy series about an institutionalized man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams.”

“The Good Cop” (Season 1) — Released September 21


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Tony Danza stars in “The Good Cop.”

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Netflix description: “Honest cop Tony Jr. gets advice from his unscrupulous father, retired NYPD officer Tony Sr., in everything from handling criminals to handling women.”

“Made In Mexico” (Season 1) – September 28


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“Made In Mexico” (Season 1) – September 28

(Netflix)

Netflix description: These Mexico City socialites may lead opulent lives, but a peek behind the curtain reveals a tangled web of intrigue, envy and personal struggles.”

“Big Mouth” (Season 2) – October 5


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“Big Mouth.”

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.”

“The Haunting of Hill House” (Season 1) – October 12


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“The Haunting of Hill House” (Season 1) – October 12

(Netflix)

Netflix description: This horror drama series is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel.”

“Making a Murderer Part Two” — October 19


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“Making a Murderer Part Two” — October 19

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” (Season 3) – October 19


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“Marvel’s Daredevil” (Season 3) – October 19

(Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

Netflix description: Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City”

“Bodyguard” (Season 1) – October 24


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“Bodyguard” (Season 1) – October 24

(Netflix)

Netflix description: After helping thwart a terrorist attack, a war veteran is assigned to protect a politician who was a major proponent of the conflict he fought in.

“Castlevania” (Season 2) — October 26


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“Castlevania” (Season 2) — October 26

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Inspired by the classic video game series, ‘Castlevania’ is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan.”

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Season 1) – October 26


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“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Season 1) – October 26

(Netflix)

Netflix description: “Imagines the origin and adventures of ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.”

“House of Cards” (Season 6) – November 2


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“House of Cards” (Season 6) – November 2

(Netflix)

Netflix description: Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Robin Wright returns as President of the United States in the sixth and final season of the award-winning landmark series ‘House of Cards.'”

“Narcos: Mexico” (Season 1) – November 16


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“Narcos: Mexico” (Season 1) – November 16

(Netflix)

Netflix description:See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico.”

“The Kominsky Method” (Season 1) – November 16


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“The Kominsky Method” (Season 1) – November 16

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Michael Douglas stars as a briefly successful actor turned revered Hollywood acting coach. A Chuck Lorre comedy series also featuring Alan Arkin.”

“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” (Season 2) – November 22


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“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” (Season 2) – November 22

(Netflix)

Netflix description:The cult hit returns! Captured by mad scientists, new host Jonah survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals.”

“Watership Down” (Mini-series) – December 25


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“Watership Down” (Mini-series) – December 25

(Netflix)

Netflix description:Beloved novel ‘Watership Down’ will be reinterpreted into a four-part animated mini-series.”

“Dogs of Berlin” (Season 1) — 2018


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“Dogs of Berlin” (Season 1) — 2018

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Netflix description:A politically sensitive murder forces two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption.”

“Samantha!” (Season 1) — 2018


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“Samantha!” (Season 1) — 2018

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Netflix description: “A child star in the ’80s, Samantha clings to the fringes of celebrity with hilarious harebrained schemes to launch herself back into the spotlight.”

“The Umbrella Academy” (Season 1) — 2018


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“The Umbrella Academy” (Season 1) — 2018

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Netflix description:A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more.”



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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
SEE ALSO: Thinking inside the cardboard box for post-lockdown work stations
Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
SEE ALSO: Working from home could be blessing in disguise for persons with disabilities
Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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