Good morning fellow Kenyans,
On Thursday, we marked yet another high after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced 80 new infections of COVID-19 with Kenyans now being warned of newly discovered symptoms.
The disease which is commonly known to cause cough, fever, muscle aches, headaches and difficulty breathing is now exhibiting non-typical flu-like symptoms, such as gastrointestinal distress syndrome that leads to loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, delirium and chickenpox like lesions.
Even as cases surge, we can easily be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief that the deaths in the country and to an extension the entire continent of Africa are relatively low.
For instance, with cases in Kenya at 1109 and the death toll still at 50, the country has a mortality rate of 4.5% and Africa recording just above 3% which is quite low vis-à-vis other nations. Italy, which was the epicenter of the disease in March and early April, has a whooping mortality rate of 14% and UK has 14.3%.
However, we can only proceed with cautious optimism, especially after the ministry of Health projected the deadly virus peak to be between August and September where 200 plus cases are expected to be recorded daily even with the current preventive measures in place.
This is amid a cholera outbreak that is sweeping through North Eastern counties and parts of central Kenya that has so far claimed 13 lives, 70% of who are children.
Here are our top stories this morning:
Kenyans Warned of New Covid-19 Symptoms as Cases Rise
Kenyans and medics have been advised to be vigilant after reports that people infected by coronavirus across the world were exhibiting new symptoms.
The ministry has also projected that the peak of infections in the country is expected to be around August and September where Kenyans are expected to see at least 200 cases recorded in a day.
Ruto’s Fightback Strategy
Deputy President William Ruto’s think tank is designing a tactical political fightback that will keep his State House prospects alive against an aggressive onslaught by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Star understands that the DP’s key strategists and advisers are working on an elaborate strategy to counter Uhuru’s political war against the ex-Eldoret North MP.
Impeaching Ruto Isn’t Our Option – David Murathe [VIDEO]
A fresh storm is gathering in the ruling Jubilee alliance following allegations that Kieni Member of Parliament Kanini Kega is set to table a motion of impeachment against Deputy President William Ruto.
Deputy President William Ruto’s close ally, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, on Thursday, May 21, shared the claims on his Facebook page, terming it ‘double impeachment.
Embattled Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki continues to elicit mixed opinions over his looming sack motion set for today. A number of leaders from the Ameru community are now calling on Jubilee to spare Kindiki since the chances of him getting replaced by another senator from the same region appear to be very slim. This puts President Uhuru Kenyatta in a catch-22 situation because on one hand he wants to punish perceived rebels and on the other he doesn’t want any backlash from a community that overwhelmingly supported him twice. Please share your thoughts on what you think would be the best strategy for the president and who should be Kindiki’s replacement.