Coronavirus, US and Africa


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Lockdown early

Restricted domestic travel

Contact tracing teams and isolation facilities across the country

Face masks mandatory outside

Hand washing and temperature checking points across urban areas.

Antigen tests, private $10 - $100

Dr Richard Ayah, Public health, University of Nairobi

The testing figures reflect the ability to pay, not the reality

Widespread social stigma

Fear of government quarantine facilities

April and May

Hundreds / thousands of suspected infections

Forced into government isolation centres

Made to pay fees and do exercise regimes for a fortnight or more

Ms Achieng, forced to be tested, isolation centre for four weeks, and forced to pay $20 a day

Irene, a nurse, working in a clinic in Kibera

This hardline approach has dealt fundamental damage to the overall public health response

and removed any incentive for people to get treatment for Covid-19 symptoms

unless they are on death’s door

Dr Ayah

tTotal number of deaths is around 4,000.
x 6.5 official death toll

Kenya’s Ministry of Health

80 to 91 % of infections in hospitals seem to be asymptomatic


2.7 million exposed by 2nd July

Kenya Medical Research Institute and Wellcome Trust

12.4 % of Nairobi residents could be having the virus

Kisumu, (third largest town) 7.5 % of the samples tested positive

Mombasa, 100,000 people, 8.6 %

2,535 blood samples donated between April 30 and June 16.

It is estimated that 78 per cent of patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm?


Africa should be part of the roadmap for COVID-19 research

We just keep praying to god it doesn’t get worse (nurse)

More deaths in Brazil, India or the US

Recent data, record low infection rates over the last month

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