British High Commissioner to Kenya quarantined as Bayer donates 3 million malaria tablets to treat coronavirus

Jane Mariott, the British High Commissioner to Kenya. [Photo courtesy]

British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Mariott joins a list of high-profile figures in the world under quarantine.

Mariott on Friday said she quarantined herself after making a trip to the UK.

“36 hours left of self-quarantine (staying at home), following my UK trip.. We’re in this together. No one is exempt,” she said in a tweet urging all British nationals living in Kenya to adhere to a directive by the Kenyan government to self-quarantine in case they travelled to a country with many cases of coronavirus.

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau went on self-quarantine after his US trip.

Early this week, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that individuals coming to Kenya from countries where coronavirus has affected a high number of people will be required to self-quarantine.

This comes after all seven cases of coronavirus confirmed in Kenya showed that the patients travelled from the US, the UK and Spain.

In the same vein, Bayer AG on Thursday donated 3 million tablets of malaria drugs Resochin which could potentially treat COVID-19, Reuters reports.

Bayer AG donated the tablets to the US government amid ongoing evaluation by China on its effectiveness in treating COVID-19.

Resochin contains chloroquine phosphate which treats malaria. However, Resochin is not approved for use in the US. The firm said that it is working on seeking approval for relevant American agencies or “emergency use”.

COVID-19 has so far killed more than 9,000 people across the world with Spain reporting more than 1, 000 deaths as of Friday while new infections rise to 20,000.

In Italy where the virus has taken root, the number of new infections has risen to over 41,000.

Data collected by John Hopkins University in the US indicates that 86,000 people have recovered from the disease.