Alcohol in Nairobi’s care package: Governor says it kills COVID-19; WHO denies

Last week, during a video media briefing, he could be heard saying that the care packages will consist of miniature bottles of cognac, Hennessy

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At a time when most people across the world are staying home to battle the COVID-19 outbreak and extensively using hand sanitisers to keep the virus at bay, Sonko is providing alcohol and food items as a part of the care package being distributed to those in need. File Photo: PTI

Governor of Nairobi, Kenya, Mike Sonko believes alcohol is killing the novel coronavirus and should therefore be used as a throat sanitiser.

At a time when most people across the world are staying home to battle the COVID-19 outbreak and extensively using hand sanitisers to keep the virus at bay, Sonko is providing alcohol and food items as a part of the care package being distributed to those in need.

Last week, during a video media briefing, he could be heard saying that the care packages will consist of miniature bottles of cognac, Hennessy.

“We are giving some small bottles of Hennessy in the food pack which we give to our people. I think from the research conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and various other health organisations, it has been believed that alcohol plays a major role in killing the novel coronavirus or any sort of virus,” he said.

However, the WHO denied the governor’s claim and released a statement on the same day stating, “Alcohol consumption is associated with a range of communicable and noncommunicable diseases and mental health disorders, which can make a person more vulnerable to Covid-19.”

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