WHO secures 2 mln USD to contain COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

NAIROBI, April 1 (Xinhua)--The African Development Bank (AfDB) said Wednesday it has approved around 208 million Kenyan shillings (about 2 million U.S. dollars) in emergency assistance for the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen its capacity to help African countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts.

AfDB said WHO Africa region will use the funds to bolster the capacity of 41 African countries on infection prevention, testing and case management.

Westerners in East Africa face virus hostility

NAIROBI, April 1 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to discrimination of foreigners in East Africa.

From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Westerners have been verbally and physically abused over fears that they may be infected with Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

This is because many of the first cases of the virus reported in the region, were brought in by travellers from Europe and the US.

Kenya wants 50 MPs tested for corona

NAIROBI, March 31 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Kenya’s lower parliamentary chamber wants some 50 lawmakers to be tested for coronavirus amid fears they may have contracted the virus from a member who recently tested positive.

Local media reports say the parliament has submitted the names of MPs and parliamentary staff it wants tested to the health ministry. It wants them placed on mandatory quarantine as well.

Germany not paying for masks ‘stolen in Kenya’

NAIROBI, March 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The German authorities have said they do not have to pay for the six million face masks the government ordered but that went missing from an airport in Kenya.

The shipment was due in Germany on March 20 but never arrived after disappearing at the end of last week, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine reported.

The German embassy in Kenya tweeted on Thursday that they had agreed to pay upon delivery so they would not be paying.

New locust swarms invade farms in Kenya

NAIROBI, March 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Farmers in Kenya’s South Rift region are grappling with new swarms of desert locusts.

They are worried that the invasion could lead to major losses and hunger, given that aerial spraying of the insects has been put on hold in some places due to the Coronavirus crisis.

On Sunday, large swarms were spotted in Mukinyai Farm in Elburgon, Nakuru County, and just two days later the Samburu County government raised the alarm that the swarms had tripled in just a week.

Kenyan soldiers foil al-Shabab attack on construction camp

LAMU, Kenya, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan soldiers on Saturday repulsed an attack by suspected al-Shabab terrorists who tried to force their way into a construction camp at Milihoi area, a renowned terror hotspot along the coastal Lamu-Garsen road.

Lamu county police commander Moses Murithi said on Sunday the camp belongs to the H-Young company that is currently undertaking the construction of the 135km stretch road.

Murithi said a group of over ten armed militants was however successfully repulsed by the Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldiers in a daring raid at around 9 am.

Covid-19 spreads to 18 African nations, including Kenya and Ethiopia

NAIROBI, March 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, giving the disease a foothold in 18 countries on the African continent.

Africa had so far largely been spared the rapid spread of COVID-19, which has infected at least 127,000 and killed 4,700 worldwide.

Most of Africa’s reported cases were foreigners or people who had travelled abroad. Rapid testing and quarantines have been put in place to limit transmission.

Kenyan government urges citizens not to mistreat foreigners due to COVID-19 outbreak

NAIROBI, March 2 (NNN-Xinhua/KBC) — The Kenyan government urged its citizens not to victimize foreigners in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Health, told journalists in Nairobi that there have been incidences where locals have been mistreating guests from other countries due to racial profiling.

China-built modern railway powering Kenya's modernization:expert

NAIROBI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train service that marked 1,000 days of seamless operations on Tuesday has fueled Kenya's economic modernization, an expert has said.

Sammy Kwinga, a Nairobi-based political scientist said that Kenya's gross domestic product(GDP) and its attractiveness to investors has gone up since the launch of SGR commuter and freight services along the 480-kilometer Mombasa-Nairobi transport corridor.

Kenya's Safaricom to consider Huawei as supplier for 5G network

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom (SCOM.NR) will consider awarding a contract to China’s Huawei as it rolls out its fifth generation (5G) network this year, its acting chief executive said on Wednesday.

The United States government has been urging its European allies and others not to use Huawei, one of Safaricom’s network vendors along with Nokia (NOKIA.HE), citing security concerns.

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