Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, which has disrupted the health systems and economies worldwide, many Kenyans are increasingly finding themselves jobless.

There are fears that many families could be facing hunger after their breadwinners lost their jobs, were forced to take unpaid leave or took pay cuts.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a raft of new measures to cushion various vulnerable groups in the country from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the Nation on Thursday, President Uhuru said the government has begun providing a weekly stipend to needy households in the country, with the pilot program being rolled out in Nairobi. He, however, did not announce the amount each household is set to receive.

He added that the government has information on vulnerable families and individuals and would use it to identify those to receive the money.

He further announced the release of Ksh.8.5 billion to the elderly and vulnerable individuals under the cash transfer program run by the Ministry of Labour.

Kenyatta added that Ksh.500 million which was in arrears have also been released to persons with disabilities.