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International community supports Kenya in fight against Covid-19 – Nairobi News

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and CAS Ababu Namwamba has been mobilizing international support for Kenya’s national anti-Covid-19.

When the National Emergency Response Committee was formed, each Ministry was given a responsibility to play in the fight against Covid-19.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Standing Committee on Emergency Response (SCER) chaired by CAS Ababu has been receiving massive support from the international communities.

So far, they have received support from IGAD, China and UAE, and commitments from Japan, South Korea, and India. Australia Austria.

Other countries like Cuba, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America have also made pledges, and the Ministry has been making follow-ups.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD) on Tuesday donated Sh10 million to the Kenyan Government towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The contribution should be allocated to the most pressing and critical needs of the vulnerable communities in the member Country and purchase medical equipment.

The Chinese government has donated 2 tons of medical supplies, including masks, protective suits, goggles, non-contact forehead infrared thermometers, gloves & shoe covers.

The consignment that was received on April 1, 2020, also included Assorted Covid-19 rapid testing kits 100,000 pcs, Sample collection kits 100,000 pcs, and Testing kits 50,000 pcs, among other things.

The Kits are being validated at Kenya Medical Research Institute KEMRI.

The Ministry has also received the first donation from Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation.

The first consignment which was received on March 24 had 20,000 Testing Kits, 100,000 Masks 1,000 Protective Suits, and face shields.

However, the testing kits received from Jack Ma Foundation could not be used as they were not stored in solid ice.

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The second consignment from Jack Ma, which was announced on April 6, 2020, includes Ventilators, Protective Suits & face shields, Thermometers, Swab, and extraction kits.

The exact numbers will be known when the donation arrives in the country.

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Hua Jian Group, based in China, has given the government of Kenya 500 disposable Protective Suits,500 disposable isolation gowns, 3000 N-95 respirator, 3,000 surgical face masks, 40 non-contact forehead infrared thermometers and 60,000 normal face masks.

Southern china cargo airline is expected to deliver the consignment in the country between April 9 and 10.

Hecin Scientific Inc has shared 8,000 testing kits and 1,500 testing kits.

Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wuhan Institute of Virology has donated 100 RT-PCR test kits (5,000) 500 Ig/G/IgM antibody test kits (1,000),

The RT-PCR kit has been accredited by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and has obtained the European CE marking (Ref. IVD001118).

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Administrative Committee of Changsha National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone has given 10,000 disposable masks and 10,000 disposable mask. The donation will be shared equally by the Ministry of Health and Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(KEMSA).

Department of Commerce Provincial Government of Hunan gives Kenyan government 500 rapid testing kits, 1,000 isolation gowns, 1,000 surgical gowns, 200 infrared electric thermometers, 10,000 disposal and surgical masks.

Dongguan Ruikang Medical Equipment Technology Co., Ltd has given 20,000 disposable masks, Japan negative pressure ambulances and negative pressure capsules.

All the above pledges have been taken to the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing.

Government of the Republic of Korea has donated 2 Ambulances, 100,000 Personal Protection Equipment, 20,000 laboratory test kits, 20,000 laboratory sample collection kits, 1,000 ICU beds, ventilators, monitors, accessories, 5,0000 assorted pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals.

The Koreans have also donated 50 negative pressure ambulances, 14 negative pressure capsules, 20,000 N95 masks, laboratory equipment, infection prevention control materials (sanitizers, disinfectants, soap, chlorine) and 10 incinerators.

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Interior PS Karanja Kibicho hints at reopening of the economy: The Standard

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho. [File, Standard]
NairobiOn Saturday June 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give a way forward in regard to cessation of movement in the affected counties

Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has hinted on a likely phased re-opening of the country even as Kenyans await eagerly on the new measures set to be announced on Saturday.

In an interview with Radio Citizen, Kibicho said the government had found itself in a difficult position since recorded Covid-19 cases in the country are on the rise but noted high-level discussions were ongoing.
“We cannot lock-down forever, the government makes its money from taxes, currently people are not at work, personally I think we can re-open but under strict guidelines,” Kibicho said.
According to the PS, some restrictions may be lifted although the government will not be relaxing the requirements on face-masks and social distancing.
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“Companies willing to re-open will need to ensure guidelines on face-masks and social distancing are adhered to because the new coronavirus is still here with us,” he added.
Kibicho urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and not to expect a sudden normalcy saying the re-opening of the economy was a very delicate balance requiring the participation of everyone.
On Saturday June 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give a way forward in regard to cessation of movement in the affected counties. The previous containment order directive affecting Nairobi, Mombasa and Kwale counties will elapse on Saturday.
The daily dusk-to-dawn curfew which had been extended by a further 21 days will also be lapsing on June 6.
On Monday during Madaraka Day celebrations held at State house, President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted at the reopening of places of worship.
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While delivering his speech, the President said he shared the heavy hearts of all those who can no longer worship as they used to.
“I direct the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers,” he said.
During his seventh national address on the progress made in containing the virus in the country, the president noted that every Kenyan would have to take responsibility to prevent the spread of the highly infections virus.
“We will not continue with the lock-down and the curfew, I have told health officials and my ministers that they should start telling Kenyans that we cannot be under a curfew or lock-down forever,” he said.

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54 COVID-19 patients discharged raising cleared cases to 553 » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya June 3 – Fifty-four COVID-19 patients have been discharged after recovering form the virus, representing the highest single-day recovery rate recorded yet since the first patient was discharged on April 1.

The total recovery toll now stands at 553 representing a 25 per cent recovery rate against the global average of 48 per cent.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman on Wednesday attributed the high number of recoveries to the commitment and diligence of health workers on the frontline in the war against the pandemic.

“This recovery is attributed to the diligent and committed work of health workers operating in enabled health systems, this shows that with good management, this disease when clinically manifested is curable and not a death sentence,” he asserted when he addressed the press during a regular status update on COVID-19.

Aman reiterated government’s commitment to combat the spread of the virus while urging the public to maintain adherence to COVID-19 containment measures in order to support government efforts to flatten the infection curve.

“We must wear masks at all times to protect ourselves and our loved ones and avoid the risk of being infected or infecting others,” the Health CAS added.

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He however raised concern over the violation of social distancing guidelines by some restaurants warning that the actions pose a huge risk in the fight against the virus.

“The only measure that has been relaxed is the measure that allowed operation of restaurants and eateries based on strict adherence to the social and physical distancing guidelines,” he said.

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Out of the 2,112 samples analysed in 24 hours leading to Wednesday, Aman noted that 123 tested positive for the virus bringing total number of infections to 2,216.

The cases are distributed in Nairobi(44), Mombasa (34), Uasin Gishu (12), Kiambu (3), Kajiado (3), Nyeri (3) , Kilifi (2), Garissa (1) and Laikipia(1).

The country’s death toll now stands at 74 after 3 more patients succumbed to the virus, two of them from Nairobi, the third was reported in Nyeri.

“The youngest one is a 12-year-old boy while the other two are 41 years and 71 years ofage. Our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends,” Aman noted.

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Man arrested after his goggles were found at murder scene – Nairobi News

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations [DCI] is holding a man arrested after a pair of his googles was recovered from a murder scene.

Kelvin Otieno Oduor was arrested after his spectacles were found beside the lifeless body of Duncan Odhiambo Buda, who was found dead outside St John’s Church in Korogocho slums on May 27.

But Oduor said he was handed the goggles at Kariobangi police station where “I was informed that I was involved in the murder of a person I don’t know”.

The deceased was found with several stab wounds suspected to have been inflicted by two men among them Oduor on the morning of the same day.

The death was reported to Korogocho police post by the deceased’s wife.

Detective constable Collins Musiomi of Starehe DCI offices obtained orders at Makadara law courts to detain Oduor for 14 days pending investigations.

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Musiomi said the scene of the crime was photographed by the scenes of crimes personnel and he drew the sketch plan before the body was collected and taken to City Mortuary.

The detective said Oduor has not been interviewed and witnesses including the deceased’s wife Linet Otieno have not recorded statements.

He said none of the statutory police procedures including mental assessment of the suspect and the postmortem of the deceased has been done.

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