Hope as Malaria Drug Might Cure COVID-19, How Coronavirus Has Affected Ruto’s Campaign Plans & Coronavirus Changes Kenyan Lives

Good morning,

Day five of working from home and it has come to our notice that there is nothing cool at all about this. There is a very thin line between working and relaxing.

If you are a bachelor, there is a probability that the only part of your body that has seen water this week is your hands. And this is because you want to avoid catching the dreaded virus.

Things are more worse in other parts of the world; The Governor of California State in New York has ordered the entire population of more than 40 million people to stay at home as one of the measures to curb COVID-19.

The English Premier League remains suspended until at least April 30. That means you should find a reason to enjoy staying with your family during weekends.

Back home, there is a ray of hope following an announcement from Health CS Kagwe Mutahi that no new cases have been reported since Wednesday. We have seven patients who are in a stable condition.

Tomorrow, President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the national prayers and we hope God might hear our cries and heal the seven people.

Here are the stories making headlines this morning: 

Hope as Malaria Drug Cures COVID-19

Malaria Tablets

A drug developed over half a century ago to treat malaria is showing signs that it may also help cure COVID-19 — especially when combined with an antibiotic, a promising new study reveals.

Hydroxychloroquine, sold under the brand name Plaquenil — and also used to treat arthritis and other ailments — was determined to be effective in killing the deadly bug in laboratory experiments, Forbes citing findings published March 9 in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

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How Coronavirus Has Affected Ruto’s Campaign Plans

Supporters shout during speechesat BBI rally in Mombasa, January 25, 2020. /JOHN CHESOLI

The coronavirus outbreak has shaken the political scenes to unprecedented levels, throwing key activities in total disarray.

ODM leader Raila Odinga-led public rallies to collect views to be factored in the Building Bridges Initiative report have suffered a setback.

A rally planned for Nakuru on Saturday, March 21 has been cancelled. There is no likelihood an all-clear will be declared by March 31, being the last day of BBI submissions.

With churches shutting their doors in precautionary measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, the political space has shrunk further. Deputy President William Ruto is fond of utilizing church meetings among other social gatherings to propel his polity.

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Coronavirus Changes Kenyan Lives

Health officials take passengers’ temperature on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, on August 14, 2014 /FILE

On Sunday, the life of Kenyans began taking a drastic change when the head of state announced the country had two more cases of the coronavirus.

As of yesterday, the number of confirmed cases, according to the Health ministry, had shot up to seven.

The new patients had contracted the virus after coming into contact with Patient Zero, a 27-year-old who had travelled into the country from the United States via London.

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The US government is planning to give each American citizen at least 1,000 USD (Ksh 100,000) to cushion them from the economic effects of COVID-19. Do you think the Kenyan government should also give Kenyans financial aid?

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