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Fresh details over movements and interactions of Kenya’s Patient Zero



The government has placed 22 more people under quarantine over fears of coronavirus a day after the first Kenyan patient tested positive.

Those quarantined are believed to have come into close contact with the patient whom government officials said was recovering well.

It is not clear where the isolated patients met and interacted with the 28-year-old female patient who remains quarantined in a self-contained room at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Sources told Sunday Standard that the patient, a Kenyan student living in America, presented herself to Mbagathi Hospital after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

The Sunday Standard can for the first time reveal fresh details over Kenya’s Patient Zero, her movements and interactions and different modes of transport and possible contamination before she got to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

On March 4, Patient Zero left the Cleveland’s Hopkins’s International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport aboard an American Airlines Flight for the 40-minute trip. From Chicago, she again boarded an American Airlines to London’s Heathrow Airport.

During the eight-hour trip from London to Nairobi, Patient Zero says things started to be a bit suspicious. She told Ministry of Health Officials that she sat next to a coughing passenger.

Although her suspicions were piqued, she got to JKIA on March 5 exhibiting no symptoms. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the incubation period — the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms — ranges between 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.

At JKIA, she and three passengers hailed a cab and split the fare. The four travellers parted ways in Nairobi CBD where she got another taxi and proceeded to Rongai.

Cough and fever

In Rongai, she was housed by her boyfriend. Preliminary details indicate that the two-bedroom apartment was inhabited by seven other individuals.

On Friday though, a week after she arrived here, she developed a cough, then a fever and since she was well travelled decided to check herself into the hospital. She and her boyfriend hailed a taxi to Mbagathi Hospital where they were received by a nurse.

Six hours later, her tests turned positive. Almost 10 hours after the announcement about the positive test was made public, a Rapid Response Team from the Ministry of Health was dispatched to Patient Zero’s apartment where other seven occupants were taken to Mbagathi for precautionary tests.

By the time of going to press, their test results had not been presented to the public, but they remained under quarantine in Mbagathi Hospital. Some 15 other patients presented themselves to Mbagathi between Friday and Saturday. They are believed to have had close contact with Patient Zero and other occupants of the house including her boyfriend.

At a press briefing last evening, Dr Mercy Mwangangi, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health, said 23 other people on the same flight from London with Patient Zero have been notified of her positive test and advised to act accordingly. None are currently in the country.

But as the country awaits test results from the other 22 individuals, an Italian citizen presented himself to a private hospital in the city while a Ugandan and a Dutch national presented themselves at Mbagathi Hospital.

Currently, Kenya has some 200 testing kits. Each sample has to undergo four tests to verify results, meaning the available kits can only handle 50 samples. However, government officials said the country had ordered some 2,000 more test kits expected in the country tomorrow.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her



Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania



The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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