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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Japan’s decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic and indicated he will attend the rescheduled games next year.

“Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and the IOC, on their very wise decision to present the Olympics in 2021,” Trump tweeted. “It will be a great success, and I look forward to being there!”

Trump faces a re-election battle this year and his campaign has likewise been upended by the global pandemic, which has prompted governments to order mass shutdowns of movement and economic activity.

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So far the International Olympic Committee and Japan have not set a date for the rescheduled Games next year. If Trump does not secure a second term in November’s vote, he will leave office in January 2021.

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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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