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Kenya’s economic growth cools in the first quarter

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Kenya’s economic growth slowed to 4.9% in the first quarter of this year from 5.5% a year earlier, hit by the uncertainty created by coronavirus pandemic.

Latest figures by Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KBS), the first-quarter growth was supported by expansion in the farming, transport, financial services, construction and trade sectors, according to the bureau of statistics.

It was however curbed by a steep decline in the tourism sector, after the first case of the virus was confirmed in Kenya in mid-March and lockdown measures were instituted to slow its spread

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