Kenya suffers tourism sector decline amid pandemic

With the pandemic hindering travel, few visitors have made the trip to this year, driving tourism-dependent local communities to desperation. (Aug. 1)

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Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away | AFP

In the majestic plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic spells economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists who flock here to see the abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in mid-March, tourism revenues had plummeted, with cancellations from crucial markets like China, Europe and the US. N°1UZ1RCN°1VJ7J9

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Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away | AFP

In the majestic plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic spells economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists who flock here to see the abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in mid-March, tourism revenues had plummeted, with cancellations from crucial markets like China, Europe and the US. N°1UZ1RCN°1VJ7J9

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Wildebeest migrate from Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara | AFP

Thousands of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti into the Masai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya. This year, only a few animal watchers are there to witness the yearly migration as international tourism is still shut down in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kenya’s Maasai hit hard by loss of tourism amid pandemic | AFP

In the heart of the majestic plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking economic havoc. The Maasai community, highly dependent on tourism, has seen its livelihood reduced to almost nothing.

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Kenya to allow international air travel from August | AFP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announces that international flights will resume on August 1 as part of a gradual lifting of restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic. SOUNDBITE

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Locusts threaten Kenya’s food supply chain

A team has travelled by helicopter to one of Kenya’s most remote corners to search for desert locusts, which threaten to cut off the nation’s food supply if not controlled quickly. (July 4)

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Billions of Locusts Are Descending on East Africa

The Horn of Africa is being hit hard by a locust invasion, caused by abnormal weather & climate change. Kenya is racing to contain the locusts before a second generation threatens to wipe out huge amounts of crops and grazing land. VICE News talks to herders and the military response teams, and rides along with surveillance helicopters and crop dusters to show how they are combatting the historic swarms

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An astronomer looks at the sun in Kenya as solar eclipse begins | AFP

As a rare annular eclipse begins to sweep from Africa to Asia, an astronomer observes the sun from his backyard in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. IMAGES

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75-year old refugee-camp preacher spreads the word on COVID-19 | AFP

In an attempt to spread awareness of the COVID-19 global pandemic, 75-year old Congolese refugee Djuba Alois rides his bike through the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, broadcasting his message through a loudspeaker.

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Una mirada a la forma en que el virus ha afectado al turismo de Kenya

Una mirada a la forma en que el virus ha afectado al turismo de Kenya

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Kenyans queue at mass virus testing centre in Nairobi as cases rise | AFP

Kenyans queue to get tested for COVID-19 the day after the country saw its biggest one-day rise in confirmed cases. On Wednesday, Kenya said it had recorded 123 cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, though this figue is also partly explained by wider testing. IMAGES

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Italy probes Islamophobic threats against freed aid worker | AFP

Italian investigators are probing Islamophobic threats against a humanitarian worker who converted to Islam during a kidnapping in Kenya and returned to Italy following her release.

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Traffic jams at Kenya-Uganda border as truck drivers undergo health checks | AFP

Long traffic jams form at the Malaba border point between Kenya and Uganda. Truck drivers transporting goods across the border have to undergo a rigorous health screening process as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. IMAGES

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Hunger versus infection: Africa navigates the coronavirus | AFP

The coronavirus may have arrived late in Africa, but it is slowly taking hold with over 15,000 cases and 800 deaths across the continent. For the most vulnerable, it’s a choice between food or risking infection, be it in South Africa’s townships during a harsh lockdown or Kenya’s slums where they brave infection to earn a living. Here’s this week’s edition of Africa Weekly.

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Coronavirus: Kenya president apologises for police violence amid curfews | AFP

Kenya’s president on Wednesday apologised for violence meted out by police following the declaration of a nationwide curfew last week to curb the spread of coronavirus. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus forces more market closures as Kenyan traders adapt to survive | AFP

Police fire tear gas to shut down the main markets in Kisumu, Kenya. Displaced traders are creating new, improvised, marketplaces on the sides of roads. But these too are under threat of closure by the police as commercial activities face severe restrictions in a bid to hamper the spread of the coronavirus.

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‘It’s not rosy’: Kenya’s flowers rot amid virus slowdown | AFP

As the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world’s biggest economies to a halt, stopping flights, gatherings and much of daily life, Kenya’s flower industry has wilted. Instead of being flown to Europe or the Middle East for weddings, funerals and romantic gestures, tens of thousands of roses now lie rotting in an improvised dumpsite.

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Kenya police fire teargas to clear market amid virus shutdown | AFP

Police fire teargas to disperse traders and buyers on a street market in the Kenyan city of Kisumu, after the government ordered a shutdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. IMAGES

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Kenya blocks entry as virus cases mount in East Africa | AFP

Kenya unveils a series of strict measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, blocking entry to the country to all except citizens and other residents and shutting schools as the number of confirmed cases rises to three. As cases also mounted in Ethiopia and the Seychelles, countries across the region are taking action, blocking flights and banning mass gatherings. SOUNDBITE

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Kenya reports first confirmed new coronavirus case in East Africa | AFP

Kenya’s Health minister Mutahi Kagwe announces the country’s first confirmed case of new coronavirus, saying a woman who returned from the United States tested positive for the illness in Nairobi. SOUNDBITE

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