Over sh102 billion raised to fight COVID-19 Pandemic

Kenyans and the international community have joined forces to support the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and so far, over sh102 billion has been raised.

The contributions, both cash and in-kind have gone towards purchasing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) directly to health care practitioners, communities and government.

A tracker by Transparency International shows the different contributions made so far. For instance, Citi Bank recently donated sh21.3 million.

The tracker also has total deaths, recoveries and infected people in the country.

The COVID-19 cases are mapped based on locations as announced by government and provides global comparisons.

As of yesterday, Kenya has 582 cases, a low number informed by limited testing. In the recent two days, when the country started trials on mass testing in different locations of Mombasa and Nairobi, the daily updates have seen confirmed cases increase. It is for this reason that further lockdowns of Old Town in Mombasa and Eastleigh in Nairobi were put in place.

Kenya has so far tested 27,370 people, recording 26 deaths and 190 recoveries.

In a move to encourage more Kenyans to come forward for testing, the government also waived quarantine fees in government facilities. Kenyans have been declining to come out for testing for fear of being quarantine with concerns over costs and poor living environments in these facilities, majority being institutions of learning.

The sh2000 that people pay per day were seen as high, considering that if after 14 days some people in the facility are found to be positive, the rest will remain there for a further 14 days. Government efforts within the facilities to aid in social distancing have equally been deplorable.

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