- Dr. Mwangangi also announced that five more people have been discharged from the hospital after recovering.
- A large number of Kenyans fear that they will be deprived of food and other basic necessities if the coronavirus pandemic continues for months.
- A majority of Kenyans expressed confidence in both the Minister of Health and President.
Kenya’s Ministry of Health has announced an increase of 15 new coronavirus patients, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 296. Of these, 11 patients are Kenyan citizens and four are foreign nationals. They were among the 545 people tested for Coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the department’s secretary-general, Mercy Mwangangi, said seven cases of transmission were recorded in Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, six in Nairobi, and two in the northeastern city of Mandera. “None of them had traveled abroad,” she said.
Dr. Mwangangi added that six of them were on quarantine and nine others were obtained through the government’s search for suspected infected people after contacting affected people. Dr. Mwangangi also announced that five more people have been discharged from the hospital after recovering, and increasing the number of survivors from the coronavirus to 74.
Kenyans Fear Starvation Due to Coronavirus
A large number of Kenyans fear that they will be deprived of food and other basic necessities if the coronavirus pandemic continues for months. As a result of a survey conducted by Infotrak, 76 percent of Kenyans fear that they will miss food if the coronavirus epidemic lasts for the next three months and beyond. Those surveyed said they did not have enough resources to enable them to meet their basic needs if the coronavirus pandemic will continue for a long time.
A substantial majority in each region of the country shared these sentiments. Some 82% of residents in the North East report living in fear related to the coronavirus, the highest in the country. This is followed by the Rift Valley region (79%), Nyanza (78%), Central (76%), East (74%), West (73%), Nairobi (69%) and Coast (67%).
The government has already started providing financial assistance to low-income families. Kenyans also question the ability of Kenyan hospitals to treat coronavirus victims if large numbers of them will be found. According to Infotrak, 73 percent of Kenyans feel Kenyan hospitals do not have enough beds to accommodate large numbers of coronavirus patients.
However, 55% are satisfied with the government’s strategies put in place to combat coronavirus infections. Among the 831 Kenyans surveyed, 78 percent of Kenyans believe that there are thousands of people who are exposed to coronavirus without knowing it. The survey also shows that only 15 percent of Kenyans do not closely follow the information about coronavirus.
At least 82% have experienced panic attacks and anxiety about the coronavirus epidemic, while 55 percent feel lonely. Thirty-eight percent of respondents also said that news about the coronavirus shocks them to the extent of sleepless nights. Only 8% of Kenyans are not afraid of a financial loss if the corona crisis continues for several months.
Some 61% of Kenyans believe that the Ministry of Health, headed by Mr. Mutahi Kagwe, works well. President Uhuru Kenyatta is next at 59%. Health care workers (58%) and the media are closing the fourth-best table, at 52%.
Parliament and police are among the departments that Kenyans say they have done little to combat coronavirus infection. A large number of Kenyans want the government to help low-income Kenyans, and 23 percent want the government to ensure that no Kenyan loses his job following the coronavirus crisis.