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The governor of Nairobi County in Kenya, Mike Sonko, has raised eyebrows after announcing that the COVID-19 relief items he is donating to needy residents in the city include Hennessy cognac.

 

Addressing the press on Tuesday, Sonko justified his inclusion of the alcoholic beverage by falsely claiming that the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees that alcohol has high potency in curing coronavirus when consumed.

 

“Kenyans under lockdown in Nairobi will receive 150ml bottles of Hennessy, masks and hand sanitizers in the food pack, the package which we give to our people to keep themselves safe during this period,” Sonko said in a video he shared on his Twitter account.

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“Tests have been carried out — two people have now been cured by this treatment,” Rajoelina told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), which developed the beverage.

Downing a dose, he said: “I will be the first to drink this today, in front of you, to show you that this product cures and does not kill.”

The drink, which has been called Covid-Organics, is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs, according to the IMRA.

But its safety and effectiveness have not been assessed internationally, nor has any data from trials been published in peer-reviewed studies. Mainstream scientists have warned of the potential risk from untested herbal brews

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The drastic measures enforced by China during the coronavirus outbreak have slashed deadly air pollution, potentially saving the lives of tens of thousands of people, a Stanford University researcher said.

 

In Italy, lockdown to fight the spread of COVID–19, which has killed thousands in the country, shows Venice empty of its usual boat traffic, photos on social media show clear waters and the return of wildlife.

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Ethiopia on Saturday admitted it was behind the shooting down of a privately owned Kenyan plane in Somalia earlier this week, resulting in the deaths of all six people on board.

 

The plane was shot down on Monday by Ethiopian troops protecting a camp in the town of Bardale in southwestern Somalia, the Ethiopian army said in a statement to the African Union (AU).

 

The aircraft had been carrying humanitarian and medical supplies to help the country fight the spread of coronavirus when it went down in Bardale, about 300km (180 miles) northwest of Somalia's capital Mogadishu