The World Bank has approved an additional 5.2 billion shillings credit for Kenya to fight the spread of COVID-19 as the confirmed cases increase to 81.
The Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that the credit facility would increase the government’s pool of funds to facilitate the purchase of sanitizers, protective gear for the medical personnel and the scaling up of bed capacity for COVID-19 patients in the Country.
The 5.2 billion shillings comes at a time when the infections in the country have spiked after 22 tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, 1st April 2020. The 22 who tested positive are so far the biggest number to have tested positive at once in Kenya.
21 out of the 22 are people who had quarantined after traveling into the country and thankfully had not come into contact with other Kenyans.
The 22 that tested positive for COVID-19 have risen the number to a worrying 81 cases with Kenya only having less than 50 very expensive Intensive Care Unit facilities.
Among the 22 are four nationals which are two Pakistanis and two Cameroon nationals and were tested among more than 300 people.
The Health CS went ahead to urge Kenyans to stay at home unless it is very crucial they go out and if out to ensure they strictly adhere to the set-out measures for their own protection.
“We cannot emphasize enough what is likely to e ahead of us unless we adhere to the rules we have established that include washing hands, social distancing,” CS Kagwe said.
CS Kagwe also spoke of the two first Kenyans who have healed from the disease saying it is not a death sentence though Kenyans should not imagine that is the fate for every person as Kenya has reported its first death.
Opening the country’s eyes to the situation in Italy where 800-950 people are dying after testing positive for COVID-19.
The number of infections in Kenya is projected to be 10,000 by the end of the month and whether you will be among them can only be determined by how strictly you adhere to the Ministry’s guidelines.