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Study: Covid-19 measures hit informal workers hardest

The government’s Covid-19 containment measures have pushed nearly half of Kenyans out of work, a new survey shows. The study paints a picture of the havoc the pandemic is wreaking in the labour market.

This was revealed Tuesday by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani during the launch of the Report on Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Households. The survey was conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics early this month.

These workers, most of whom are in the informal sector, have been locked out of any meaningful economic activity since March, when the country recorded its first Covid-19 case.

HIGH RISK AREAS

A majority (49.9 per cent) reported they had been asked to stay away or found themselves locked out by their employers following the government’s directives.

The government in March introduced a raft of measures including banning of all passenger flights, temporary closure of bars, suspension of learning in all education institutions, dusk-to-dawn curfew as well as cessation of movement in and out of some high-risk areas.

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