Top football will resume this Saturday after a two-month shutdown of the world’s most popular sport owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Following a drop in new cases of COVID-19, Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed the continuation of the season on May 6.
German football league, Bundesliga is Europe’s first major league to resume its season.
The return of Bundesliga, however, comes with an unusual look.
For starters, there will be no mascot children-children who accompany football players entering the field. Also, the Bundesliga games will be played in empty stadiums. Instead, some clubs can use music and cardboard cutouts of their fans to liven the match atmosphere.
Approximately, each game will have around 300 indispensable staff members, and officials will attend, comprising of club executives, stadium security agencies, journalists, police officers, and firefighters.
The Bundesliga has also established strict measures for teams to follow to mitigate probable infections.
Rival teams will have no contact in the tunnel before the game begins, and there will be no handshakes between match officials and players.
The teams will not take the usual pre-kickoff photos to maintain physical distancing.
In the field, players are forbidden to spit, celebrate in groups, or touch hands with their teammates.
Substitute players and coaches must wear masks and sit apart. However, coaches can remove their masks to shout instructions as long as they maintain a 1.5-meter distance with the players.
The World Health Organizations said on Wednesday that the world must learn to live with the Corona Virus as it may “never go away”.
Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergency chief, said that the Coronavirus might become an endemic virus in society, just like HIV and Measles.
The emergency chief stated, “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.”
Michael Ryan said that people must accept the reality that the Corona Virus will remain in our communities and find therapies and preventions methods against the deadly virus like the world has done with HIV.
There are more than 100 likely vaccines against COVID-19 that are development. However, experts say that it is difficult to find one that is effective.
Who, however, cautions countries against easing restrictions to avoid a new wave of infection, despite the calls for learning to live the Corina virus.
“We need to get into the mindset that it is going to take some time to come out of this pandemic,” Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, said during the briefing.
John Pombe Magufuli, the President of Tanzania, failed to attend yet another presidential virtual meeting with his East African counterparts on Tuesday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), and Salva Kiir (South Sudan) participated in the meeting. Paul Kagame, the East Africa Community (EAC) Chairperson, had convened the virtual meeting with the Head of States to discuss the management of the cross-border infections of COVID-19.
The national leaders acknowledged that truck drivers pose the greatest danger of spreading COVID-19 across borders. The Heads of States, however, agreed that the continuation of free movement of goods across the East Africa Community is a necessary evil. The presidents approved that each state’s agencies responsible for health, transport, and EAC dealings to implement comprehensive screening and testing measures at the border to avoid the spread of the virus in the region.
President Uhuru Kenyatta underscored the need for EAC to fight the COVID-19 pandemic collective.
President Magufuli’s absence in the regional meeting is a continuation of his unorthodox policies of fighting the virus. The head of state has encouraged his citizens to continue with their usual activities. A case in point, Magufuli has refused to shut down places of worship, claiming that Tanzania needed to pray in church for healing.
Raila Odinga, a close ally of the Tanzanian president, has criticized his COVID-19 policies, stating that they risk spreading the virus across East Africa even more. Raila Odinga has revealed that is efforts to engage Magufuli have been futile, and the Tanzanian presidents have not responded to his automatic answering machine yet.
As the country was coming to terms with the adverse economic impacts of COVID-19, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to distribute Ksh. 100 million among local artists. President Kenyatta gave the directive to cushion the artists from the effects of the corona virus pandemic.
Kenyatta had said, “I direct the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to avail Ksh.100M from the Sports Fund to our artistes, actors, and musicians during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic so they may continue to entertain their fellow brothers and sisters through TV, radio, and the internet.”
Approximately, each artiste was expected to receive Ksh. 5, 200 from the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage.
It was all just but a dream.
The Sports, Culture, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on Monday said that the kitty was a pool of free funds but a provision for artists who sensitized the public about the COVID-19 pandemic. This, she said, as she launched the Artist and Musician Stimulus Program at the Kenya National Theatre. The productions would then have to be aired by KULTURE TV and other media outlets.
The project will benefit around 20, 000 artists from all counties and over 80, 000 persons from the participant’s households, 30% being the vulnerable persons such as those living with disabilities.
The project will take three months, beginning this May.
165 Kenyans who had been stranded in China are back home. The 165 persons returning from China were aboard a Kenya Airways plane that landed at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 02.50hrs, Sunday morning.
The Kenyan Citizens expressed their joy of coming back to their motherland. Speaking to Citizen’s TV reporter Enock as Sikolia, Stephanie Atieno, one of the returnees explained that couldn’t be happier to come back after spending almost five months on lockdown. Sylvia Mungai, another returnee who has been working a teacher in Taiwan, told Enos Sikolia that she had depleted her savings following her dismissal from tutoring.
Kenya Airways explained that its crew and the passengers had to adhere to extreme guidelines to alleviates the risks of infections. The Kenya Airways crew had to avoid touch-techniques as thy provided services to the passengers and screening them for Covid-19.
The 165 passengers were taken to quarantine facilities of their choice, where they will spend the next 14 days awaiting confirmation that they are Covid-19 negative.
The quarantined persons, however, are complaining that the government is not honoring their promises. From a video accessed by Standard Digital Videos, the returns are angry that they are being asked to pay for the quarantine facilities and services.
The Kenyan government has also repatriated Kenyans from India, China, UAE, South Sudan, United Kingdom, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.