More than an inconvenience: Alcohol ban could help South Africans fight Covid-19 infection

Claim

Alcohol weakens the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infections such as Covid-19.
Source: South African government on Twitter (2 April 2020)

correct

Verdict

Several studies have shown that alcohol use, particularly the binge drinking common in South Africa, reduces the body’s ability to fight infection.

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No, not ‘all’ Kenya’s revenue used to repay country’s KSh6 trillion debt

Claim

All the ordinary revenue collected by the Kenya Revenue Authority is used to repay the country’s local and foreign loans, currently worth more than KSh6 trillion.
Source: The Star newspaper, February 2020

incorrect

Verdict

Ordinary revenue raised in recent financial years would have met Kenya’s public debt obligations at least twice over.

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