In the wake of unprecedented COVID-19 cases in Kenya, the government announced a cessation of movement into & out of Nairobi City County Metropolitan Area. Other Counties that were included in the list were Mombasa, Kilifi, and Kwale. Mandera was included in the list a week later. At the time this product was published, there were no new COVID-19 cases reported in Kilifi. However, other urban areas like Nairobi and Mombasa were still witnessing a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, this was the premise for creating this product. The objective here was to provide an insight that can help concerned authorities put in place measures to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Kenya.

How it works

The application using ArcGIS Online filters events from Social Media platforms based on key matching words that appear in public posts. When you login to your Social Media platform (Twitter, YouTube, Flickr or Webcams.travel) ArcGIS Online Integration will ask for your permission to access your Social Media account to fetch any matching words from your News feed or Timeline. This will help to identify trending issues within your location.

Note: To report events in your locality, you can include the words COVID-19, Nairobi, Corona in your social media posts. To suggest new key matching words, send an email to asige.alex@ku.ac.ke: Explore the Application here