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NBA star centre Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in an Instagram video Wednesday that his mother has been hospitalised for a week and is in a coma with what he thinks is coronavirus.

The 24-year-old Dominican-American, the top pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, said his mother had to be placed in a medically induced coma and has been put on a ventilator.

“It’s important that everyone understands the severity of what’s happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video,” Towns said in his early morning post.

“My sister told her she needs to get checked for corona. I don’t think anyone really understood what it was, with deteriorating condition. She kept getting worse…and the hospital was doing everything they can.”

Towns, pausing several times to gather himself, said his mother’s temperature would hover near 103 degrees, dipping slightly only to spike again as she deteriorated.

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“We always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that’s going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done,” he said.

“She was feeling great. We talked and she felt she turned the corner. I felt she was turning the corner.

“They said that she went sideways and things had went sideways quick. And her lungs were extremely getting worse, and she was having trouble breathing and they were just explaining to me that she had to be put on a ventilator.”

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Towns said his father was released from a hospital and self-quarantined as the family awaits results of his coronavirus test.

Towns said he is confident his mother will recover.

“It’s rough, and day by day we’re just seeing how it goes,” he said. “I’m being very positive. So I’m just keeping the strength up for everybody and my family.”

It was his family that prompted Towns to go public with his situation.

“(They) told me to make this video so that people understand that the severity of this disease is real,” Towns said.

“This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people. It just heightens your chances of getting this disease.

“It’s deadly. And we’re going to keep fighting on my side, me and my family, we’re going to keep fighting this. We’re going to beat it. We’re going to win.”

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Nairobi County Govt embarks on massive fumigation exercise – KBC

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Nairobi County Health workers embark on a massive fumigation exercise in the streets of Nairobi.

The Government has embarked on a massive fumigation exercise on the streets of Nairobi on Saturday night, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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The initiative which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Nairobi County Government kicked off one hour after the curfew period began Friday evening.

County Executive member Hitan Majevdia said that the County team will start the fumigation exercise from Eastleigh at the General Waruinge and 1st Eastleigh Avenue.

The exercise will continue until all the high-risk areas are covered.

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“We are upscaling the fumigation exercise in Nairobi. Therefore, I would like the public to give way for officers to access and effectively fumigate all the required places,” said Hitan Majevdia.

He urged members of the public to continue adhering to the instructions from the Ministry of Health on prevention and control and support Government initiatives to curb the spread of the virus.

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County officials sprayed the streets and buildings which remained empty owing to the start of the curfew.

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – The Victor Wanyama Foundation in partnership with Kenya Red Cross, Africa Yoga Project and the Gina Din Foundation donated sanitizing kits and foodstuff to over two hundred families in Mathare, Nairobi.

The donations were coordinated from the Billian
Center and Cynthia Wanyama, the Victor Wanyama Foundation CEO, says they intend
to reach out to more families in informal settlements in the coming days.

“It’s very important to listen to what the health
experts are saying over this issue. Let’s wash our hands regularly, minimize
our movements and interactions and basically just follow what the government
and health experts are advising,” Wanyama said.

“My foundation, its partners such as the Kenya Red
Cross and the Africa Yoga Project will do all they can to help during this
period,” he added.

The Harambee Stars captain who recently moved to
Canadian side Impact Monreal has also urged Kenyans to follow the set
guidelines as the government through its various arms tries to stop the spread
of the deadly virus.

“We were overwhelmed as more numbers kept trickling
in but we are glad to have played our part. This will go a long way in ensuring
the 200 families in Mathare observe hygiene during this period that everyone is
fighting coronavirus,” Cynthia said.

Coronavirus has claimed over 27,000 people globally
while there are slightly over 600,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

In Kenya, there 31 confirmed cases while the
government announced the first death on Thursday evening.

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Italian rugby fans during the Six Nations match against Scotland on February 22 in Rome. © AFP/File / Vincenzo PINTO

MILAN, Italy, Mar 27 – Italian rugby chiefs announced Friday that they were definitely scrapping the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All sport in Italy has been suspended since early March until April 3 as a result of the virus which has killed 8,200 people in the country.

“The governing body of Italian rugby has approved the definitive suspension of the 2019/2020 season,” the Italian rugby federation (FIR) said in a statement.

“The decision implies the non-assignment of the Italian champion titles and of all the promotion and relegation processes.

“The resumption of domestic activity for the 2020/21 season will subsequently be regulated by the Council.”

The FIR added that the decision, which involves all categories of rugby and age groups, “is unprecedented in the history of Italian rugby since the Second World War to date”.

Italian rugby’s governing body added that “extraordinary support measures will be launched” now for “all the components” of Italian rugby in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) chief Giovanni Malago said he believed other sports might follow rugby.

“It’s a debatable choice, but it’s clear that they didn’t want to wait any longer,” Malago told Radio 24.

“I’m not against the federation’s decision, but I don’t agree with the timing. They didn’t want to wait for a joint date.

“What rugby has done will happen in other sports too.”

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