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Kenya coronavirus: KQ resumes local operations, recoveries hit 3,000 | Africanews

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts.

This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can follow Kenya’s March – April 2020 COVID-19 updates on our earlier page.

Kenya as of May 10 was the fourth most impacted country in the East / Horn of Africa region only behind Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia. Government also rolled out mass testing in virus hot spots, borders remain shut and a ban on public gatherings continues.

July 15: 10,791 cases; KQ resumes local operations

After 99 days, the state carrier’s first commercial passenger flight took off from the capital Nairobi to Mombasa. The KQ602 took off with each passenger wearing a face mask and observing physical distancing from the formalities through to the boarding.

Another flight, KQ655 also flew to Kisumu. Upon touch down in Kisumu;, present to meet the arriving flight was Governor of Kisumu Anyang Nyongo and other stakeholders.

The carrier was one of the most impacted African fliers during the pandemic. Most passenger aircrafts were converted into cargo flights to transport essential supplies and cross-continental produce.

Recoveries as at close of day July 14 has crossed the 3,000 mark. The total recoveries stood at 3,017 whiles deaths also reached 202. The caseload is now at 10,791; the highest in the East and Horn of Africa region.

Confirmed cases = 10,791

Active cases = 7,572

Recoveries = 3,017

Number of deaths = 202

John Hopkins Uni stats valid as of July 14, 2020

The moment #KQ602 was off chocks from Nairobi to Mombasa as we resume domestic passenger flights today. #TheMagicAwaits #KQClearForTakeOff×7DAK9Lg— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) July 15, 2020

July 12: 10,294 cases; record 12 deaths in a day

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe today confirmed 189 new Covid-19 cases out of a total of 1,205 samples in the last 24 hours. Kenya’s caseload now stands at 10,294. The 10,000 mark was reached on Sunday, July 12.

The country also recorded highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in a day as 12 patients succumbed bringing death toll to 197. On the recovery front, 65 patients were discharged bringing the tally to 2,946.

Meanwhile, the Standard Digital news outlet reported that some 15 nurses at a maternity hospital had tested positive for the virus. The cited the chairman of the Kenya Union of nurses as confirming the development at Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

Kenya last Friday mourned the passing of a medic who contracted the virus. The incident involving Doreen Adisa reignited the issue of ill-protected frontline workers.

C-HERP project is designed to assist countries to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19, and to strengthen the national systems for public health preparedness and responsiveness. #KomeshaCorona—