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Revealed! You cannot get coronavirus from ‘mitumba’



The highly-infectious coronavirus is crippling the world’s daily activities to a halt with countries in a frantic dash to prevent its spread.
From near-empty flights to deserted streets to silent sports’ stadia to repeated calls for proper hygiene practices, the unisonous message is: STOP the virus.
Also in the measures to combat the virus is a deluge of misinformation fighting for attention.
A claim doing rounds on messaging platform WhatsApp urged people to avoid buying imported second-hand clothes (mitumba) from virus-hit countries lest you get infected.
“Most European cities which are currently experiencing the spread of coronavirus are getting rid of clothes of infected patients both dead and alive,” it read in part.
The FALSE claim, with rallying calls to its audience to share it widely, insinuated that there is a plan to sell the clothes in Africa.

Verifying the claim
Mafans sought to verify the claim by answering two questions.
How long dies the virus survive outside a human body?
Sufficient studies are yet to be published on SARS-CoV2 (the medical term of the virus) that causes covid-19.
But health agencies are using health findings of MERS and SARS, whose causative agents are from the same family of coronaviridae, to predict how long the virus survives outside the body.
United Nation’s World Health Organization says, “Coronaviruses including that of covid-19 may persist on the surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.”
The duration, according to WHO, varies under different conditions like type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.
Dr Stela Mutali, who tells us she is keen on geriatrics (branch of medicine dealing with health of old people) explains that “coronaviruses tend to survive longer in colder temperatures and higher humidity.”
Dr Mutali has been at the fore of raising awareness on the virus.
A report released last week titled “Aerosol and surface stability of HCov-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1” suggests that virus could be “detected in aerosols up to three hour after aerosolisation, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic or stainless steel.”
Infectious disease expert Daniel Kuritzkes also opines that flat and hard surfaces are friendlier to viruses than clothes or rough surfaces.”
Second hand-clothes take weeks, sometimes months, from European countries where they are imported from to Kenya where they often stored for more days before sale.

How are the clothes handled before shipment?
Second hand clothes undergo rigorous processing of sorting and packing and in most cases cleaning. The clothes are usually sprayed before they are shipped.
You are, however, always encouraged to wash the clothes before you wear them.
Their shipment travel through various climatic zones where time, temperatures and humidity are not constant.
As most countries are on lockdowns, it is business unusual, meaning shipments, if any, are taking longer they normally did.
After shipment and clearance into the country, most of the second hand clothes are sold in open air flea markets with low humidity. It is highly unlikely an active virus will still be on the clothes after such a process.
WHO says: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes Covid-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low.”
Dr Mutali adds that no instance of an infection from mitumba has been reported since the outbreak started late last year in Wuhan, China.
“Whereas many of the coronavirus cases reported in Africa are linked to people with a recent history of travel to Europe, no cases have been reported yet of contact with contaminated shipment of any kind, clothes included,” she said.

It is FALSE to caution people against buying second-hand clothes because of the coronavirus outbreak as there are no virus risk associated with the clothes.

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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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