BY ALL MEANS: China is disinfecting and destroying cash to contain the coronavirus

BY ALL MEANS: China is disinfecting and destroying cash to contain the coronavirus

As the Chinese government continues its effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the country’s central bank at a press conference told media it was going to begin literally cleaning its currency.

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It’s an extreme move that makes sense. Whether it’s dollars, pounds, euros, shekels, or in this case yuan, the currency is notoriously dirty.

A 2017 study of $1 bills in New York found some 397 bacterial species living on the surface. And when someone with the flu handles it, that virus has been shown to survive for up to 12 days.

The World Health Organization has said that it is still not known how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces and objects, including money. Preliminary information has shown it can survive a few hours or more but can be killed with basic disinfectants.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (centre) speaks with medical workers at a Wuhan hospital. (AP pic)

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China’s coronavirus response now includes cash cleansing. Photo/Courtesy

Under normal circumstances, governments around the world spend around $10 billion a year to replace currency that’s in bad condition. But when something as severe as the coronavirus is spreading, a nation may opt to take more drastic measures.

One method for cleaning money is to use ultraviolet light or high temperatures on it, then seal the cash away for one to two weeks before releasing it back into circulation. When possible, the Chinese bank said, it would provide brand-new banknotes to people.

Image result for coronavirus china cleaning moneyThe decision comes as the Chinese government faces considerable domestic backlash over its handling of the coronavirus. As of today, there have been over 67,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,527 deaths. Meanwhile, the 11 million people living in Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicentre and capital of Hubei Province, have been living under tight lockdown. Hospitals there are so overpopulated that the government has erected and herded people into makeshift quarantine camps.

The government has also faced criticism for attempting to control the flow of information around the spread of the virus. It largely failed to do that, though at least two citizen journalists have gone missing after reporting on the situation in Wuhan.

Today, the first coronavirus death outside Asia was reported in France. In that case, an 80-year-old tourist from Hubei Province died at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in the north of Paris. France has 11 confirmed cases of the illness.

President Xi Jinping said Tuesday China was in a struggle against a “demon” epidemic, as the death toll from the new SARS-like virus soared to hundred thousands.

Xi made his remarks during talks with the head of the World Health Organisation in Beijing as a host of nations prepared to airlift their citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

“Chinese people are currently engaged in a serious struggle against an epidemic of a new type of coronavirus infection,” Xi told WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“The epidemic is a demon, and we cannot let this demon hide,” the Chinese leader said, pledging that the government would be transparent and release information on the virus in a “timely” manner.

BREAKING: DCI Detectives arrest murder suspect at JKIA

BREAKING: DCI Detectives arrest murder suspect at JKIA

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested a murder suspect at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In a statement by the DCI on Tuesday morning, the suspect identified as Ajak Dau Aketch, 38 years old, was to board a KLM flight to Arizona via Amsterdam.

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Ajak Dau Akech holds a hard copy of his refugee identification document.

He had been flagged down by detectives from Turkana West who were trailing him over a murder investigation.

DCI detectives based at JKIA in collaboration with officers have arrested one foreigner namely Ajak Dau Aketch aged 38 years on a stop order placed by DCI Turkana West detectives for the offence of murder,” part of the statement read.

Ajak Dau Akech, a South Sudan national, is a member of the Lost Boys of Sudan who fled from the civil war in Sudan in 1988 and walked 1,000 perilous miles to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, where they were rescued and shipped to Arizona, United Stated.

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Carry your own cross; Stop Diversionary tactics, DoD tell Ruto

Carry your own cross; Stop Diversionary tactics, DoD tell Ruto

Kenyans should treat rumors and finger pointing towards the Kenya Defense Forces as the sole executor of the fake arms procurement scandal as lies being peddled by people who should be telling Kenyans what they know about the alleged scandals.

The complainants have never interacted with any representative from the Department of Defense.

The Complainants have never visited the Department of defense.

The Department of Defense has elaborate and well laid down procurement procedures – Bogita Ongeri-KDF Spokesperson.

The Kenya Defense forces have issued a statement on the military arms and equipment scandal from Poland, distancing itself from the scandal through a strongly worded document which in essence, is targeting the Deputy President Dr. Ruto’s allegations that the CID should look for evidence from the Department of Defense because the equipment were to be used by them.

In a terse memo to the media houses, the Kenya Defense Forces Spokesperson Dr. Bogita Ongeri said that the Kenyan Military is a disciplined force and cannot flout procurement rules and use politicians to negotiate or procure for them equipment which they don’t even know how to use. So Kenyans should treat Dr.Ruto’s claims as pure lies that are basically a diversionary tactic.

The Deputy President had twitted earlier claiming that if Kenyans want to know the truth, then the Department of Defense are better placed to answer on the scandal, not his office where he says the investors spent only a record 23 minutes. So, there was no way the scandal could have been executed in his office.

Kenyans on social media, TV and Radio interviews have lambasted Dr.William Ruto and called on him to reveal to Kenyans what he knows about the deal which he has tried to distance himself from, but unfortunately, it’s alleged that all evidence and execution of the scam, points fingers to his Harambee Annex office.

The military Scam has taken the nation by storm as the Kitui Governor Hon. Charity Ngilu has told the Deputy President to step aside to allow for proper investigation to take place rather than trying to defend himself on twitter and on social media forums.

Kieleweke wing of the Jubilee Party has found fodder and are calling for the sacking, resignation or impeachment of the Deputy President because his office has become a crime scene and Dr. Ruto, they claim, can’t be trusted with leadership because of the high level corruption scandals that are being coined and then executed in his office in Harambee Annex.

SUPRISE as Ruto allies abandon him to join BBI Reggae in Kajiado

SUPRISE as Ruto allies abandon him to join BBI Reggae in Kajiado

In one of the first forays into what was formerly a Jubilee Party stronghold, ODM leader Raila Odinga led the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to the Maa community.

Marshalling former DP Ruto allies including Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku and his Narok counterpart Samuel Tunai, Odinga convened a meeting to popularize the initiative.

Also in the forum were several legislators, from the Maasai community, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Samburu Deputy Governor Julius Leseeto.

In a statement, Odinga revealed that the Maasai community has been selectively excluded from the national debate in successive regimes and that this was their opportunity to canvass their issues.

The BBI rallies were halted following the demise of former President Daniel Moi upon which, a planned rally in Makueni was postponed during the entire funeral proceedings.

The BBI debate has had major casualties especially after President Kenyatta directed that all Cabinet Secretaries be valued based on their commitment to the initiative, among other performance parameters.

Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri would be axed after he managed to bring together more than 50 Mt Kenya leaders in a meeting whose agenda was speculated as to ‘frustrate the BBI.’

The Tanga Tanga wing of the Jubilee coalition has since laid plans to conduct parallel BBI rallies across the country with a view to making their ‘contributions count.’

MOCKERY as Echesa is granted Sh1m bail in Sh39 billion fraud case

MOCKERY as Echesa is granted Sh1m bail in Sh39 billion fraud case

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and three others have been freed on a Ksh.1 million cash bail each after denying fraud charges in a military arms deal.

Echesa was arraigned alongside Daniel Otieno Omondi alias General Juma, Clifford Okoth Onyango alias Paul, and Kennedy Oyoo Mboya.

The four were accused of, among other things, attempting to obtain a total of Ksh.39, 544,200,000 from a foreigner by falsely pretending that they would award him a tender by the State Department to supply military equipment.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to all counts – obtaining money by false pretences, conspiracy to commit a felony, uttering a false document – with Echesa terming the case a political witch hunt.

The prosecution had earlier objected to Echesa’s release claiming he would interfere with witnesses and evidence, further adding that the Ksh.1 million previously slapped on him by the JKIA court was lenient.

Echesa, through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, however stated that there was no reason to deny him bail, also urging the court to consider his bail/bond terms since he is presently unemployed.

“Echesa is no longer a Minister and is jobless and may not raise (the money if) given high bond terms, this will be denying their freedom… consider this,” said Ombeta.

The court ruled that: “In this case, the prosecution has not brought any evidence to show that the accused is likely to interfere with witnesses… the prosecution has failed to prove compelling reasons.”

JUST IN: Tanga tanga legislators in a lock up meeting over Echesa fake arms deal

JUST IN: Tanga tanga legislators in a lock up meeting over Echesa fake arms deal

A day after showing a united front on Sunday, now the Tanga tanga legislators have spent the better part of the day holed up in a meeting at Castle Gardens to find ways of mitigating the Echesa crisis which has tarnished Deputy President Ruto’s image.

The legislators led by Gatundu MP Moses Kuria, Kandara MP Alice Wahome, Kigumo’s Ndindi Nyoro, among others, are expected to address the media shortly.

Most probably they will defend DP Ruto on his involvement in the scandal in which his office was used by the scammers led by former Sports CS Rashid Echesa.

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