Harambee Stars striker Olunga donates sanitizers, hand wash to combat coronavirus

By Waweru Titus: Friday, April 3rd 2020 at 19:47 GMT +3 | Football
Harambee Stars and Kashiwa Reysol forward Michael Olunga. [Courtesy]

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga is the latest Kenyan football star to join in the fight against coronavirus, Covid-19.

Olunga, who plays in Japan’s J-League for Kashiwa Reysol donated sanitizers and hand wash among other things to car washes and children's homes across various estates within Nairobi through his foundation.

“It was my pleasure to lend a hand towards preventing the spread of COVID -19 by donating sanitisers and hand washes to small business owners, church, carwash, children homes and a few households across Lucky Summer, BabaDogo, Kasabuni, Kariadudu, Riverside and Glucola Estates,” Olunga posted on Twitter.

“The Engineer” as he is popularly known in Kenya is in self-quarantine in Japan, which was initially among the epicentres of the virus in early March.

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Japan’s J-League was postponed in February due to the Covid-19 fears.

“The J League will make maximum efforts to prevent infection and prevent its spread,” the league said in a statement.

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Olunga had scored a brace in a season opener against Consadole Sapporo before the postponement. The mouth-watering clash ended 4-2.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to an almost complete shutdown of professional sports in the world.

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The virus, having originated from Wuhan in China in December last year, continues to wreak havoc in the sporting world.

Football has been at the epicentre of this deadly virus that continues to destroy people irrespective of their race, colour, and creed or where they come from.

Despite footballers being incredibly fit athletes, they are susceptible to contracting coronavirus like anyone else.

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According to official numbers on Thursday (02/04/2020), there are currently 964,751 coronavirus cases in the world with 49,246 succumbing to the deadly virus. 203,274 have recovered from Covid-19.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

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