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Kenya’s Covid-19 cases rise to 31

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Kenya has confirmed three more cases of coronavirus, raising the national tally to 31.

In a briefing, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi the latest cases are all Kenyans and close contacts of previous reported cases.

Dr Mwangangi said 906 persons have been traced and are being monitored and that 18 of them at the Mbagathi Hospital.

Kenya has not recorded any deaths since the first case was announced on March 13

On Wednesday, Kenya stepped up its efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead worldwide.

President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled double-edged measures giving the economy, businesses and consumers various percentages of tax relief.

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At the same time, he took away the freedom to move at night with an indefinite 7pm to 5am curfew.

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In his first economic stimulus package to shield the economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the President ordered the National Treasury to give employees earning less than Sh24,000 a 100 per cent tax relief.

Those earning more than this will pay a maximum of 25 per cent, down from the current 30 per cent.

In a presidential address on State interventions to cushion Kenyans against economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, he also announced pay cuts for the Executive.

He said his Deputy William Ruto and himself would take 80 per cent pay cuts, the highest reductions.

Cabinet secretaries and chief administrative secretaries will take 30 per cent cuts, while principal secretaries will have their salaries reduced by 20 per cent.

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Kenya: Sonko Forms Coronavirus Emergency Team, Appoints Himself Chairman

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has formed a 13-member county emergency team tasked with responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team will be headed by the Governor as its chairman.

Other members of the team include acting County Secretary Justus Kathenge, Health Services Executive Hitan Majevdia, Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi, Roads and Transport Executive Mohamed Dagane and Education CEC Lucia Mulwa.

Others are Nairobi County Commissioner Florence Mworoa, Chief of Staff Peter Mugo, Health Chief Officer Sahal Mohamed, Disaster Management Chief Officer Anne Mwenda, County Director for Health Dr Lucina Koyio, and two members of the Secretariat Bernard Mulwa and Magdalene Ndawa.

“Being a critical entry point into East Africa, I do hereby appoint the Nairobi City County Emergency Team for coronavirus,” read in part the letter by Governor Sonko.

The formation of the emergency team follows a meeting between the Council of Governors Health Committee, Ministry of Health and all the Health CECs from across the 47 counties in the country.

At the March 4, 2020 meeting, which came after the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, it was resolved that every county form an emergency team to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Nairobi is one of the hotspots of coronavirus with the majority of the confirmed cases in the country.

And as such, the county government has been carrying out fumigation exercise which is in its third week.