Kenya announces record 66 new Covid-19 cases as employers umbrella body FKE says Kenya is not ready for Covid-19 reopening.

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FKE Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo during a past press conference/ Photo courtesy FKE/ The Executive Talk Magazine.

By Dickson Ogutu

(dickson@theexecutivetalk.co.ke)


Kenya has announced a country record 66 newly confirmed Covid-19 positive cases in 24 hours on Wednesday May 20, even as the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) says it is not yet crystal clear whether the Kenyan economy is ready for a restart that will likely see workers return to public work places, schools reopen and a return to day-to-day normalcy.

The five levels of coronavirus risk of spreading as seen against permitted business activities & potential for resumption of normalcy in South Africa/ Data Courtesy: Government of the Republic of South Africa, SABC news, BCG analysis.



In a May 20 2020 Webinar presentation, the employer’s umbrella body urged any restart strategies must consider heterogeneous Covid-19 disease situations across the counties of Kenya, such as the fact that 16 out of all 47 Counties have now reported Covid-19 cases with Mombasa & Nairobi Counties now having more than 10 cases.

Today we have the highest number of positive coronavirus cases, 66 cases, with Mombasa having the highest number at 30 .

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, May 20 , 2020



FKE also says economic restart of any kind must consider the current pre- existing nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew as well as the five counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Wajir, Kwale & Kilifi currently under cessation of movement containment orders.

A comparative graphic illustration of Covid-19 testing capacity in role model Covid-19 testing countries as well as African Countries. / Graphics Courtesy: “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research”. OurWorldInData.org; BCG analysis/World Bank, Worldometers.info, Our World in Data, Johns Hopkins.

Meanwhile, the German Embassy in Kenya has donated to Kenya mobile laboratories that will help do COVID-19 tests on sight especially at the Namanga border point , East African Community and Regional Cooperation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed confirmed on Wednesday.

The EAC Secretariat has also procured mobile labs to enhance testing of truck drivers. One lab will be stationed at the Namanga border point and another one in Naivasha according to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

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