Nairobi, May 23 -- President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced plans to help businesses and Kenyans survive the economic storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures will be worth Sh53.7 billion, the President said Saturday at State House, Nairobi.

Kenya is following countries around the world in pledging stimulus packages as the global economy stares at recession.

The president said infrastructure spending is set to be ramped up so as to stimulate and support micro and small business enterprises.

"Following the ongoing rains, road infrastructure has been adversely affected across the entire country.

"To address this challenge in the short term, we intend to rehabilitate access roads, footbridges and other public infrastructure," ...