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New Measures Against COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya as Three more Cases are Confirmed

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/ Courtesy

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.

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