Kenya has announced the first full recovery of a patient with covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.
President Kenyatta described the full recovery of the patient as encouraging news.However, Kenya’s confirmed cases also rose by three to 28 on the same day.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also ordered a curfew, pay cuts and tax reliefs in a range of measures to combat coronavirus.To curb the spread, he ordered a daily curfew from 7pm to 5am beginning Friday.
Mr Kenyatta also announced a 100% tax relief for persons earning up to Sh24,000 a month, while the others will pay 5% less on income tax. There were also reductions on corporate and value added tax.
This is as income tax, commonly known as Pay as You Earn (PAYE), has been reduced from 30 per cent to 25 per cent. Uhuru further announced a reduction of the resident income tax by the same margin from 30 to 25 per cent.
The turnover tax has been reduced from 3 to 1 per cent.The relief will be effective next month subject to approval by Parliament.The financial changes begin on 1 April, and are subject to parliamentary approval.
Additionally, Mr Kenyatta announced voluntary pay cuts for himself and senior civil servants to free up funds to fight coronavirus. The president and his deputy shall take an 80% pay cut, while Cabinet ministers will volunteer 30% and 20% for Permanent Secretaries.
He called on all arms of the government to join in by making similar voluntary reductions. Speaking on wednesday, Pr
All government personnel aged 50 years and above will proceed on leave or work from home. The order excludes personnel in the security sector and other essential services.