The president of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, addressed the nation shortly after 6 pm.
The president announced that three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country bringing the total cases to 28.
He also informed Kenyans that 1 of the previously confirmed cases had recovered fully and discharged.
In addition to this, the president ordered:
- A 100% tax relief for persons earning below Ksh. 24, 000
- Corporate tax rate reduction to 25%
- Income tax rate reduction to 25%
- Turnover tax rate reduction from 3% to 1%
- Reduction of VAT from 16% to 14%
- Suspension of Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) listings
- Ksh 1 Billion from Universal Health Kitty to be used in the recruitment of health workers
- All public servants with pre-existing medical conditions or above 50 years of age to proceed on leave or work from home, except for those in security essential services sectors.
- Daily curfews from 7 pm to 5 am starting Friday except for cases of critical or essential services.
- Kenya Ferry Services to be vested under Kenya Police Service and Coast Guard Services in a bid to control movement.
Uhuru Kenyatta further indicated that senior government officials will henceforth have their salaries sliced to fund the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic:
The president and his deputy will have an 80% reduction in salary, the cabinet secretaries and CAS’s will have a 30% salary reduction.