We are Walking Through the Valley of Shadow of Death-Uhuru Warns Kenyans as he Announces 49 New Coronavirus Cases

We are Walking Through the Valley of Shadow of Death-Uhuru Warns Kenyans as he Announces 49 New Coronavirus Cases

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya has recorded 49 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases in the country to 830.

The President also announced that the country had reported five Coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. Coronavirus-related fatalities in the country are now 50.

Addressing the nation from State House, Uhuru Kenyatta said that Kenya, and the whole world, are at the valley of the shadow of death.

Uhuru warned Kenyans that failure to comply with the government’s precautionary measures could result in increased infections of the coronavirus and consequently, more deaths

“Even though the measures we are putting in place are inconvenient to all of us, the far worse outcome is for the pandemic to grow out of control,” he said.

During the live event, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced stricter measures to mitigate the increases spread of coronavirus.

Uhuru announced the extension of the countrywide 7 pm to 5 am by 21 days. The curfew will be active until June 6, 2020.

The President also announced the extension of cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, and Mandera for 21 more days.

Additionally, Uhuru closed the Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya-Somalia border, effective midnight tonight

However, all cargo trucks will be permitted across the two borders as long the truck drivers test negative for Covid-19.

Corona Virus Could Emulate HIV

Corona Virus Could Emulate HIV

Corona Virus May Never ‘Go Away”, Just Like HIV

WHO Emergencies Chief Michael Ryan during the online press briefing on Wednesday

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.

President Magufuli is Flirting with Covid-19 as he Refuses to Cooperate with the Other East African Presidents

President Magufuli is Flirting with Covid-19 as he Refuses to Cooperate with the Other East African Presidents

John Pombe Magufuli, President of Tanzania

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.

190, 000 Africans Could Die of Corona Virus

190, 000 Africans Could Die of Corona Virus

Word Heath Organization (WHO) warns that about 190, 000 Africans could die of Covuid-19. In a statement, WHO says that the Covid-19 could kill between 83, 000 and 190, 000 Africans in the next 12 months. WHO also predicts that Africa could experience between 29 million to 44 million infections of the deadly virus in one year if people disobey containment measures. WHO estimates stem from research conducted in 47 nations in the WHO African Region with a population of one billion.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the director of the World Health Organization’s Africa region, said, “While Covid-19 likely won’t spread as exponentially in Africa as it has elsewhere in the world, it likely will smoulder in transmission hotspots.” The WHO director continued, “Covid-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region. We need to test, trace, isolate, and treat.”
Currently, Africa has recorded more than 55, 000 Covid-19 infections, and more than 2, 083 deaths. On a positive note, however, more than 19, 118 persons have recovered from the pandemic. South Africa has the highest infections, with more than 8, 232, and 161 fatalities. Algeria and Egypt have recorded the highest fatalities in the continent, with 483 and 482 deaths, respectively. As of today, Kenya has documented 607 infections and 29 deaths.