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Corona struck Italy: No schooling, no exams, stay a metre away from each other

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As China makes considerable progress in its handling of the deadly coronavirus, over 7,000 kilometres away, the southern European country of Italy has had a bold step to stop the spread of the virus.

Italy placed its over 60 million people on countrywide lockdown as the government desperately tried to regain control of the spread of the virus.

This lockdown represents the toughest coronavirus response to be implemented outside of mainland China.COVID-19 (the official name for the virus) yesterday killed 168 more people in Italy to push the deaths to 631, with 10,149 infected in just over two weeks.

Globally, more than 4,000 people have died from the virus and over 113,000 cases confirmed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Italy’s robust healthcare is burdened with authorities warning it was on the verge of collapse, especially in the worst-hit northern region of Lombardy.Here are some of the sweeping unprecedented restrictions that are the new reality of life in a country dealing with the deadliest outbreak of coronavirus outside China:

Don’t travel:

A nationwide travel restriction was imposed on Monday except for urgent, work or medical reasons. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte summarised the rules as “I stay at home”.

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If one wishes to go to another part of the country, they will be required to fill out a standardised form justifying their reasons for travel.Those who violate the rule risk a three-month prison sentence or Sh24, 000 fine with the ban being enforced by the military.

People who have tested positive for the virus are not allowed to leave their homes for whatever reason while those with a fever are strongly encouraged to stay in their houses.The travel ban extended to rail services with night trains to various European capitals cancelled.

Cruise ships are also forbidden to dock at various ports.Businesses have been urged to give their employees leave.Numerous countries have issued travel advisories to Italy and several airlines have cancelled flights to the country as panic sets in with scores seeking to leave.

An empty Torino Porta Susa railway station in Turin, Italy, March 10, 2020. [Reuters]

Schools closed:

The decree ordered schools and universities to be closed and all examinations cancelled. A slight latitude has been given to religious schools to stay open, as long as people can stay a metre from one another.

Marriages/Baptisms/Funerals banned:

 Under the new law, there will be no social gatherings to celebrate or mark marriages, baptisms and funerals until April 3.“Everyone must give up something to protect the health of citizens,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said as he announced the rules, adding that the country could not afford to let its guard down.Even the Pope has been shut behind closed doors.

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Venues shut doors:

Public places such bars and restaurants will only be allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm. And while they are it, customers will have to keep a distance of at least a metre from each other.The country closed all its museums and cultural venues, effectively making most streets deserted.

Cities like Rome, Milan and Venice often bustling with tourists have been reduced to ghost towns. CNN and tens of international media, reported that hundreds of seats lay eerily empty in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.Supermarkets will remain open but large shopping centres must close on public holidays and a day before public holidays to control a large number of people visiting the areas.

A tourist wears a mask at Santa Maria Novella station, Italy. [Reuters]

Sports events: The ban also cancelled all sporting events of all levels and disciplines. This led to the suspension of the Italian top-flight Serie A football league.Only sports competitions organised by international bodies will be allowed to go ahead — but without spectators.

Prison riots:

The apprehension of infection has extended to jails with 22 prisons recording riots after visitors were banned in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

Prison inmates hold a banner reading ‘Pardon’ at the roof of the San Vittore Prison on March 9.[Reuters]

The trouble began in the northern city of Modena at the Sant’Anna prison.Eleven inmates have been killed and over 50 escaped.

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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

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He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

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Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

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The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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