The Government of Kenya is set to receive approximately KSh 8 billion from the World Bank to help in fighting COVID-19 and desert locusts.

The World Bank made the announcement on Monday, March 16 a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed that coronavirus cases in the country had risen to three.

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“The @worldbank has committed $60M to help GoK respond to #COVID19: $50M from #COVID19 Financing Facility & 10M from Contingency Emergency Response component of Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project”, read a tweet by the bank.

The monies are also allocated for the control of locusts which have invaded and destroyed the County’s crops for months now.

“The @WorldBank has activated disbursement of ~$14M to enhance control of desert locust invasion #Kenya. The funds are drawn from the Contingency Emergency Response Component of Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project”, read another tweet from the bank.

So far, Tanzania is the latest country to board the Coronavirus bus in East Africa after it reported its first case today, Tuesday, March 16 after a 45-year-old woman who jetted into the country from Belgium tested positive for the virus.

The virus continues to claim more lives as the death toll globally is rising to over 5,000 deaths.

 

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