76% of Kenyan know someone evicted for not paying rent after Covid-19 Hit :study

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A majority of Kenyans know someone who has been evicted from their residence because they have not been able to pay rent since the arrival of COVID-19, a new study has revealed. The TIFA poll found that measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 over the last seven months have resulted in job loss, loss of remittances, higher commodity prices, heightened insecurity, and disruption to health care services and education. “Given the restrictions initially placed on movement in and out of this county as well as a night-time curfew, crowd-limitation and ‘social isolation’ measures, many people have found it difficult to ‘make ends meet’, especially those in the lower income areas captured in this survey,” the report reads. Moreover, the impacts were found to be more profound and longer-lasting amongst low income-earners in more congested urban areas. Three-quarters of the 555 respondents said they know someone or a family member evicted from their residence for nonpayment of rent. The survey that was conducted between September 24 and October 2 however did not inquire as to where such evictees were now living, or whether this was a direct consequence of the loss of employment.Also Read: New Zealand’s Ardern wins ‘historic’ re-election for crushing COVID-19COVID-19 case confirmed in Pope Francis’ Vatican residenceWHO: Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine have little or no effect on severe COVID-19 cases An overwhelming majority (85%) said their personal lives have changed “a great deal” since the arrival of COVID-19 in Kenya. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1582637445634-0’); }); “Slightly more women (90%) than men (80%) state this to be the case,” the report reads. REDUCED INCOME More than nine-tenths (94%) of all respondents reported that compared to what they were earning prior to the COVID-19 pandemic they are now earning either “very little” or “nothing” of what they had been earning previously. 47% said they experienced loss of employment 42% said their income from self employment or casual labour had significantly reduced. Another 23% said they had experienced reduced earnings from formal employment while 5% said their children’s education had been disrupted as a res…

Via Citizen TV. Co. Ke

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