President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday reported three more confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus raising the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 28.
President Kenyatta, who appeared in a televised live address from State House, also announced that one patient had recovered from the coronavirus.
“At the same time, and amidst this trend, I am also pleased to announce that numerous other suspected cases have been found to be negative after rigorous testing. But more importantly, today, we have registered our first patient who has fully recovered from this virus,” the President said.
President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to announce measures that will offer relief and increase disposable income to Kenyans in light of the difficulties.
Some of the measures include a 100 per cent tax relief for people earning a gross income of Ksh24,000 ($226), a reduction of Pay As You Earn (P.A.Y.E.) from 30 percent to 20 percent and a reduction of resident income tax/corporation tax from 30 percent to 25 percent.
He added that the turnover tax was reduced from 3 percent to 1 percent for all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and cash transfers of Sh10 billion were to be made to vulnerable groups.
Additionally, President Kenyatta said that he and Deputy President William Ruto will take an 80 percent pay cut while all Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries will take a 30% cut and Principal Secretaries will take a 20 percent cut. The money raised from the reductions in salaries will be used to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
The president also ordered all state and public with pre-existing medical conditions or are 50 years and above to take leave or work from home.
President Kenyatta also announced the enforcement of a daily curfew between 7pm and 5am with effect from Friday, March 27. Individuals who provide critical essential services are exempt from this the curfew.
The president also stressed that Kenyans must adhere to the policy of social distancing and criticised members of the political class and the clergy for playing a role in frustrating efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
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