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Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Kenya from March to November 2020, by county

Nairobi is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya. As of November 25, 2020, the capital registered most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 34,766. The amount corresponded to nearly 45 percent of the total cases in Kenya, 79,322 on the same date. Mombasa, Kenya's oldest and second largest city, had 7,188 cases, whereas in Kiambu, within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, 5,314 infected people were registered. The number of deaths due to the coronavirus exceeded 1,400.

Kenya economy shrinks

As around the world, the coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a significant negative impact on Kenya's economy. The quarterly GDP growth rate was recorded at minus 5.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020, the first decrease in recent years. Moreover, in the worst COVID-19 scenario, Kenya's GDP is expected to shrink by minus one percent in the same year, after an increase of 5.4 percent in 2019.

Significant impact on the tourism sector

One of the most famous savanna destinations in the world, Kenya saw its tourism sector fall apart amid the pandemic. The number of visitors arriving through the two international airports dropped dramatically. Therefore, 2020 might be a lost year for tourism businesses in the country: 45 percent estimated a revenue loss above 2.5 million Kenyan shillings (approximately 23 thousand U.S. dollars). Besides, the safari industry in Africa, which accounted for around 12.4 billion U.S. dollars revenues, saw a decrease of more than 80 percent in bookings, also due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Kenya as of November 25, 2020, by county

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Release date

November 2020

Region

Kenya

Survey time period

November 25, 2020

Supplementary notes

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

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