HIGHIGHTS ON COVID- 19, 10TH APRIL 2020

Dear Kenyans,

  • To date, 1,619,073 have tested positive for the Covid 19 virus globally. Global deaths stand at 96,966.
  • Today, we mark our 30th day of collaborative concerted efforts between the National Government and many actors, to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Indeed, our ways of life have changed drastically. In ordinary times, today, being Good Friday, would be that special day in our Christian calendar, when we congregate in our Churches and homes with families and friends. But this Easter period is different.
  • Because of our current circumstances, we requested you to pray and reflect in the confines of your homes.
  • Let us remember our frontline heroes at a time like now: medical staff and health workers, our diligent scientists and researchers and our volunteers.
  • Let us pray for our Nation, so that we may get it right, and put this behind us.
  • Despite mobile money operators facilitating the ease of doing e-transactions, we have noted with concern that people continue to disregard this advice. Once again, I am asking you to take all measures to avoid exchanging notes and coins. Physical money presents surfaces that can very easily be contaminated with the virus. Avoid it.
  • All of us are advised to properly dispose the face masks to avoid contamination in line with the protocol.
  • We continue to enhance our capacity and capability within our health facilities to combat this disease. To date, over 100,000 healthcare workers have been given COVID-19 related training. Over 4000 doctors across the country have benefitted from an e-based training on the same. We are enhancing testing and diagnostic capabilities. We are now able to undertake an average of 600 tests a day. This number will be scaled up in the coming days.
  • To enhance our readiness at the Counties, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Kenya Power & Lighting Company will fast track connection of 3-phase power to our various County Facilities, so that they can fully utilize medical equipment, to effectively manage COVID-19 patients.
  • Fellow Kenyans, since our last briefing yesterday, we now managed to test 504 Out of this number, five (5) have tested positive for Coronavirus disease. This now brings to 189 the number of confirmed cases in the country.
  • They are all Kenyan Nationals; and only one (1) of them has a history of travel from UAE. Three (3) of the cases are in Mombasa while Nairobi and Nyandarua have one (1) each.
  • One (1) of the cases came from our mandatory quarantine facilities, while the rest- four (4) were picked by our surveillance teams. The five (5) are aged between 27 years and 58 Two (2) are males and three (3) females.
  • 10 additional individuals will be discharged from our Mbagathi COVID-19 Isolation Facility today. The individuals have tested negative twice for COVID-19 disease. To date, 22 individuals have recovered from the disease.
  • As of today, a total of 2,054 contacts have been monitored, 1,481 have been cleared from the follow up program and 573 remain in our monitoring program. To date, a total of 6,192 samples have been tested.

I thank you.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

PRESS RELEASE ON THE SITUATION AND TREATMENT OF KENYANS IN CHINA

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PRESS RELEASE ON THE SITUATION AND TREATMENT OF KENYANS IN CHINA 

  1. The Ministry’s attention has been drawn to information concerning the situation of some Kenyan nationals in China specifically with regard to a recent decision by the Government of China to undertake stringent testing of foreigners and Chinese nationals alike, to forestall imported and asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in Guangzhou and other areas of China.

 

  1. Unfortunately, these measures have in some instances precipitated unfair responses against foreigners particularly of African origin, from some members of the local community in Guangzhou, especially landlords.

 

  1. The Ministry through its Embassy in Beijing is seized of this matter and has officially expressed concern about these developments and is working with the Chinese authorities to tackle the matter expeditiously.

 

  1. The Ministry has received assurances from the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi that the Government of China takes a serious view of the situation and that the local authorities in Guangzhou have been tasked to take immediate action to safeguard the legitimate rights of the Africans concerned. 

 

  1. In view of this commitment and cooperation we expect an early and comprehensive resolution of this matter to the benefit of Kenyan nationals in China. Our Embassy in Beijing remains available to attend to any challenges that may arise and to do so in liaison with the Chinese authorities. All Kenyans in China are therefore encouraged to remain in touch with the Embassy either directly or through their Kenyan community leaders.

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

NAIROBI

10TH APRIL, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORONA VIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 4TH April, 2020

Fellow Kenyans,

  • First and foremost, on behalf of the Government, the Ministry of Health and myself, I would like to send condolences to the family and friends, of the Late Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati of Kenya Airways, who is being laid to rest this afternoon in his rural home in
  • Captain Kibati was the pilot that flew the last Kenya Airways flight from New York to Nairobi on Wednesday 26th March 2020, before the Government ban on international flights took effect, as one of the key measures aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus
  • Captain Kibati, together with his colleagues in the Kenya Airways flight, took a major risk to go and evacuate Kenyans from He managed to evacuate many Kenyans and non-Kenyans from the USA back into the country only for him to succumb to the same disease. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
  • We are now able to locally manufacture personal protective equipment (PPEs), and therefore assure all health workers in the country that they are now secure going
  • The Government has operationalized Kenyatta University Teaching Hospital and has received 20 patients related with the Coronavirus disease for treatment and
  • We are urging any person visiting a supermarket or any open air market to wear a protective mask immediately to prevent transmission of the
  • Appealed to the youth, to be in the frontline to protect this country in this difficult moment and be part of the solution.
  • In the last 24 hours we have managed to test 372 samples, 4 have tested positive for the Coronavirus The four are 3 Kenyans and one Pakistani National.
  • In terms of gender three (3) are Male and one (1) is female. Two of them travelled from Malawi and Pakistan respectively, while the other two contracted it Their ages range between 34 years for  the  youngest   and  44 years for the oldest.
  • Out of the 2,050 individuals who have been in mandatory quarantine, 1,866 people have so far been  tested     and  we are remaining with 184 individuals.
  • On gatherings, there is a relaxed attitude not to follow the government However according to measures we have announced in line with the Public Health Act, no gatherings are allowed.
  • We have also received information that there are about 600 people who  want  to come and meet here in That will not happen. People must adhere to the measures we have given out which include curfew and handwashing among others. We are grateful to those who are taking them seriously, but those defying will only have themselves to blame.

I thank you.

I thank you.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY

 

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS

HIGHLIGHTS ON CORONAVIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 3rd April, 2020

  • In the last 24 hours, a total of 362 samples have been tested out of which 12 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. Out of this 11 are Kenyans and one Somali National. This now brings the total number of those who have tested positive for the disease in the country to 122.
  • The 12 people have already been moved into isolation in our various health facilities. Contact tracing has commenced
  • To date 1433 samples from the individuals currently in quarantine facilities have been tested. We are now remaining with 617 individuals to be tested.
  • I am saddened to inform you that we have lost another patient to the Coronavirus disease. A 6 year old male child admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital. This now brings to four (4) the number of those who have died as a result of the disease.
  • The distribution of these new cases according to their Counties is as follows; Kiambu 1, Laikipia 1, Mombasa 2, Nairobi 7, Nyeri 1
  • In terms of gender, 8 are males and 4 are females. 9 of the confirmed cases were detected in the designated quarantine facilities, while 3 are from suspected cases admitted in isolation units in various health facilities. The ages of the confirmed cases range between 28 to 68
  • We have so far monitored 1721 contacts and out of this number 1073 have been discharged. Currently, there are 648 contacts that we are actively tracing.
  • As we continue with our level of preparedness and response, I would like to appeal to those who are hoarding oxygen cylinders to release them. I am also appealing to various offices and business institutions to minimize the use of hard copies in their transactions and adopt the use of paperless mode especially for letters and other documents.
  • We have now started manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) and masks for the health care workers and for initial distribution to boda boda, tuk tuks and matatu operators.

 HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

COMMUNIQUE OF THE BUREAU OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION (AU) HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT TELECONFERENCE ON COVID-19, HELD ON 26 MARCH 2020

His Excellency President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Arica, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union, convened a teleconference of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit video-teleconference yesterday, 26 March 2020.

The Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government is chaired by President Ramaphosa and consists of: His Excellency, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of the Republic of Mali, His Excellency, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency, President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo and His Excellency, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr John Nkengasong, also participated in the teleconference.

In his opening remarks, President Ramaphosa emphasised that a continental coordinated response was more important than ever before in order to arrest the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the development and spread of the COVID-19 has stretched public health systems beyond limits and caused an enormous global economic, social and humanitarian meltdown.

President Ramaphosa underscored the fact that poverty, poor sanitation, an existing disease burden, overstretched health systems and extreme urban population density mean that the pandemic could explode in an even more catastrophic way than has been seen thus far in Africa. Hence the need for urgent action in order to stem the tide. President Ramaphosa emphasised that the AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and all health institutions should direct their efforts at stopping the spread of the virus.

The Bureau received a briefing from Dr John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who stated that the rapid spread of the COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health disaster. Dr. Nkengasong stated that the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the world, affecting 175 countries, with 470 000 confirmed cases and claiming more than 21,000 lives. He noted that 46 African countries have reported a combined total of 2,746 infections, 72 deaths, and 210 recoveries. He warned that the pandemic could explode in poor countries in an even more catastrophic way than has been seen elsewhere thus far.

The Bureau expressed grave concern about the rising local infections, in the context densely populated human settlements on the African continent.

Consequently, the Bureau underscored the importance of coordination across the continent and the necessity to exchange credible and real time information about the spread of the virus. The Bureau agreed to establish a continental anti-COVID-19 Fund to which member states of the Bureau agreed to immediately contribute US $12, 5 million as seed funding. African Union Member States, the international community and philanthropic entities are urged to contribute to this fund.

The Bureau noted the critical role of the CDC, and its under-funding. In this regard Member States of the Bureau agreed to contribute an amount of $4.5 million towards boosting the capacity of the CDC.

The Bureau expressed concern about the possible shortages of medicines and vaccines as factories close or countries retain supplies for their own consumption. In this regard, the Bureau underscored the vital importance of coordinating efforts to increase global production and improve the availability of medical products and equipment.

Given the limited health infrastructure in Africa and the reality that most of the pharmaceuticals and medical supplies consumed on the continent are imported, the Bureau called on the international community to encourage open trade corridors, especially for pharmaceuticals and other health supplies.

The Bureau urged the G20 to immediately provide African countries with medical equipment, testing kits, protective gear to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the Bureau urged G20 countries to provide an effective economic stimulus package that includes relief and deferred payments. In this regard, the Bureau called for the waiver of all interest payments on bilateral and multilateral debt, and the possible extension of the waiver to the medium term, in order to provide immediate fiscal space and liquidity to governments.

The Bureau also urges the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank and other regional institutions to use all the instruments available in their arsenal to help mitigate against the scourge and provide relief to vital sectors of African economies and communities.

The Bureau expressed support and appreciation for endeavors of the Committee of African Health Ministers and paid tribute to the courageous efforts of all medical and health care officials on the continent engaged in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Bureau urge all citizens of Africa to abide by national measures implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Member States of the Bureau of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government expressed their deepest appreciation to the Chairperson of the Bureau, His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa for his timely convening of the meeting in order to develop a coordinated African response to curb and reverse the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Africa.

The Bureau of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government agreed to remain seized of this matter.

IGAD HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT DECLARATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

IGAD HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

DECLARATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Monday, 30th March, 2020

We, the Heads of State and Government of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), convening via video-conference at the Extraordinary Summit on coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) pandemic on 30th of March 2020:

Deeply concerned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which constitutes an unprecedented global health crisis affecting a large part of the world;

Taking note of the increasing levels of coronavirus infections in IGAD member states and the looming threat of a health crisis in the region;

Gravely concerned by the unsustainable and potentially counterproductive uncoordinated global responses and unconnected country-specific measures to combat the COVID 19 pandemic;

Emphasizing the need for coordinated global and regional leadership and approaches to respond to health and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic;

Recognizing the urgent need for a comprehensive multi-sectoral, multi-agency strategy that addresses the impact of COVID-19 on all sectors especially health and the economy;

Acknowledging the central role and the proactive support of the African Union and its Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) through capacitation of healthcare providers and emergency response teams, as well as provision of medical supplies including testing kits;

Further Acknowledging the extraordinary sacrifices made by health care delivery workers across the world and in the IGAD region to combat the COVID-19 pandemic;

Appreciating the swift action taken by all the IGAD Heads of State and Government to contain and combat the spread of the Coronavirus;

Recognizing the efforts and initiative of the H.E. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, chair of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of Government to mobilize support from the international community to combat COVID-19 in the IGAD region;

Supporting the efforts of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali to galvanize the international community towards formulating a global strategy to tackle the human and economic cost of the coronavirus scourge;

Cognizant that the COVID-19 crisis comes at a time when the IGAD region has barely recovered from the first round of the worst desert locust invasion in 25 years with a second invasion is on its way threatening to severely affect livelihoods in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia;

Welcoming the intervention of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali to mobilize international support for the IGAD region and the generous donation of medical supplies, laboratory testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) from the founder and director of the of the Alibaba Group to African Countries including IGAD Member States;

Commending the extraordinary efforts of the World Health Organization to coordinate global and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic including support to the national health systems of IGAD countries;

Appreciating the support from the international community towards preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in Africa and strengthening health systems on the continent and in the IGAD region;

Further Appreciating the tremendous efforts of stakeholders that have ensured the continuity of supply chains and provision of critical and essential services for the population of the IGAD region;

We now hereby solemnly resolve to:

  1. Collectively formulate a comprehensive regional response strategy and task the IGAD secretariat to develop an accompanying implementation plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the IGAD region that also incorporates the protection of populations and special groups that face difficulties accessing the national health systems such as IDPs, refugees and migrants;
  2. Establish an IGAD emergency fund for the control and prevention of pandemic diseases;
  3. Expedite the adoption of a coordinated, whole-of-government-approach to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in IGAD member states;
  4. Strengthen the IGAD regional mechanism for responding to the outbreak of pandemic diseases through increased capacitation of the regional disease surveillance, early warning and response system;
  5. Hold an emergency meeting of the Ministers of Health in IGAD to table the current needs of the region to collaboratively combat the Coronavirus and provide projections of the infrastructural, technical and material capacity for the duration of the outbreak;
  6. Hold an emergency meeting of the Ministers of Finance in the IGAD region to cost, budget and mobilize the monetary resources required to underwrite the current needs of the region to collaboratively combat the Coronavirus for the duration of the outbreak;
  7. Mobilize medical professionals and support from the IGAD community in the diaspora to join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the IGAD region;
  8. Facilitate an enabling environment for strengthening national public health systems in IGAD Member States to deliver and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic;

And;

  1. Hold another extraordinary summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government to follow up on the implementation of these resolutions.

On Support from the International Community to IGAD we;

  1. Call upon the international community to adopt a globally coordinated and coherent approach to tackle this public health crisis;
  2. Urge the international community to sufficiently empower and resource the World Health Organization to co-ordinate global responses to all pandemics including COVID-19 and directly assist governments in the IGAD Member States;
  3. Request the International Financial Institutions, bilateral, regional and international partners especially WB, IMF, AfDB, to rapidly implement debt relief and cancellation and provide access to financial assistance, concessionary loans and essential support to IGAD Member States and the Secretariat to effectively combat the Coronavirus;
  4. Entreat the international community to support the IGAD regional emergency fund for the control of pandemic diseases and the strengthening of health systems in the region;
  5. Appeal to the international financial institutions to urgently extend monetary and fiscal support, in addition to exercising flexibility for IGAD Member States to access finances in needed to respond to the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  6. Request international financial institutions to support the distressed private sector in the IGAD region. Particularly by supporting to build local manufacturing capacity for essential medical equipment and supplies to fight the outbreak of pandemic diseases such as COVID-19;
  7. Encourage the private sector to support the IGAD regional response to COVID-9;

And;

Commit to remain actively seized of the matter.                           

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 1ST APRIL, 2020

  • In the last 24 hours, a total of 380 samples from suspected cases of COVID-19 were analysed in the National Influenza Centre, KEMRI, CDC, and Aga Khan Hospital laboratories.
  • Out of these, 22 people have tested positive for the disease. 18 Kenyans, 4 foreign nationals (2 from Pakistan and 2 from Cameroon).
  • The Distribution of these cases by Counties is as follows: Mombasa: 7, Kiambu: 2, Kakamega: 1, Kilifi:1, Machakos: 1, Muranga: 1, Nyamira: 1, Nairobi: 1
  • Of these cases, 13 are male, and 9 are female. All except one of these cases were detected in quarantine facilities.
  • So far, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya stands at 81. Tracing of their close contacts is on-going.
  • We have been monitoring 1675 individuals, out of which, 706 have been discharged after completing the 14 days follow up period.
  • 969 close contacts of confirmed cases are being monitored.

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND

RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 31ST MARCH, 2020

 

  • Nine (9) people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease as of today, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya to fifty nine (59).
  • Close contacts monitored stands at 1668, out of this number, 508 have been discharged from contact follow up process after completing the 14 days follow up period.
  • Currently contacts of confirmed cases being monitored stand at 1160.
  • Isolation centers
    • Mbagathi Hospital is the main isolation center for patients who test positive for coronavirus disease. It has a capacity of 120 beds.
    • Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH), with a capacity of 300 beds. Some beds will be isolated for ICU.
    • County Government have been requested to identify specific boarding schools and fields countrywide, expected to provide an additional 300,000 bed capacity.
    • As per the Executive Order by the President, County Governments have been directed to utilize level four and five hospitals for purposes of COVID-19 cases.  37 County Governments have complied.
  • Government is in the process of hiring 1000 health workers to boost capacity of healthcare workers.
  • Due to global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), the government has resolved to scale up acquisition of PPEs to health care facilities countrywide through local manufactures like EPZ.
  • The two national testing centers are the National Influenza Centre and the KEMRI laboratories. The two centers have a capacity to test up to 660 samples in a day.
  • Continue maintaining social distance, utilize the call line number 719 to report any cases of corona virus disease and *719# to receive correct messages.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY