Thursday 9th of April 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

Kitui County Textile Centre ( KICOTEC ) Factory that Transformed into a Surgical Mask Assembly Line Overnight

Kitui County Textile Centre ( KICOTEC ) Factory that Transformed into a Surgical Mask Assembly Line Overnight

Honorable Governor Charity Ngilu’s call for domestic production instead of reliance on China is diluted somewhat by the fact that the raw material of the mesh that makes up the majority of the mask known as PVC pellets is imported from China. So far, though, PVC pellets are much easier to find on the open market than masks themselves.

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To Help Stop Coronavirus Everyone Should Be Wearing Face Masks

To Help Stop Coronavirus Everyone Should Be Wearing Face Masks

The science is clear even people without symptoms can infect other just by speaking but a simple cloth covering can stop us spreading harmful droplets. Research supported by Nobel prize-winning virologist Harold Varmus tells us that placing a layer of cloth in front of a person’s face stops 99% of the droplets.

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South Africa Government guarantees 80,000 garment & textile workers full pay for six weeks during COVID-19 lockdown

South Africa Government guarantees 80,000 garment & textile workers full pay for six weeks during COVID-19 lockdown

South Africa's 80,000 garment and textile sector workers have been guaranteed full pay for six weeks, during and after the Covid-19 lock down, in what has been described as a "groundbreaking agreement". It comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day national lockdown to limit the coronavirus outbreak. People will be confined to their homes and will only be allowed to leave to shop for essentials such as food and medicines.

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Kenyan fashion designer hands out masks to protect vulnerable communities from Coronavirus in Kibera

Kenyan fashion designer hands out masks to protect vulnerable communities from Coronavirus in Kibera

Fashion designer David Ochieng has made 1,800 face masks in the week since the first case of coronavirus was announced in Kenya. However, the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of coronavirus has been debated and Ochieng is quick to say that they do not fully protect people from the virus. Alongside making the masks, he distributes them, educating people in the community on how to fully protect themselves from the virus as he does so.

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Italy’s Armani Pivots to Produce Medical Overalls

Italy’s Armani Pivots to Produce Medical Overalls

Armani will make medical overalls for hospital workers, founder Giorgio Armani has donated 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in recent weeks to hospitals around Italy, including Bergamo and Piacenza in the hard-hit north, the company said.

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