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Amid lockdown, Kenyan medical startup brings clinic to your home

28 May 2020

NAIROBI Nathalie Maikere sat at her dining table, her two children playing video games a few feet away, as a doctor in a lab coat unpacked her medical bag and took her temperature, pulse, and blood pressure.

'No masks, no gloves': Kenyan government under fire over quarantine centres

27 May 2020

NAIROBIKenya's government is facing growing criticism over quarantine centres it set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with witnesses saying some are squalid and expose residents to the risk of catching COVID-19.

Coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained: WHO

07 May 2020

NAIROBI The novel coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Kenya floods kill 194, people evacuated from risk areas near dams

06 May 2020

NAIROBI Floods and landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the evacuation of villagers at risk, officials said on Wednesday.

Nairobi hair salon defies pandemic with 'coronavirus' style

30 Apr 2020

NAIROBI Through winces and grins, two girls wearing face masks and surrounded by posters of different hairstyles bowed their heads for their hairdressers. But the spiky look they were getting – "the coronavirus" – was still too new to appear on any poster. | Video

Spray it, don't say it: Kenya graffiti artists spread health message

24 Apr 2020

NAIROBI A six-foot image of a sad-eyed man, baseball cap askew and mask covering his nose and mouth is spray painted on a building in a Nairobi slum. Next to it are the words “Corona is real”. | Video

In parts of Africa, police are accused of excess force amid coronavirus lockdowns

10 Apr 2020

KINSHASA/NAIROBI Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video started circulating online showing an officer in the capital beating a taxi driver for violating a one-passenger limit.

Kenya's speciality coffee growers hit as lockdowns close global coffee shops

09 Apr 2020

NAIROBI Like many speciality coffee growers, Kenyan exporter Jackson Kanampiu has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis as consumers are barred from the coffee shops that serve niche brews and opt for shop-bought offerings.

A Kenyan father heads back to his rural home as the coronavirus spreads

03 Apr 2020

KISUMU, Kenya Peter Omollo initially decided to stay put in Nairobi when the coronavirus emerged in Kenya.

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