Nigerian musician, Timaya has suggested that marijuana might be the cure for the dreaded corona virus.
According to Timaya, since Jamaica has not recorded any case of the deadly virus, it is safe to say that marijuana has some effect on COVID-19.
He made the assertion via a video posted on his Instagram page
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A quick fact-check shows that Timaya is not correct as Jamaica had already recorded up to 25 cases of the virus as at Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
A release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica outlined the new cases as follows:
- Two males, both 61 years old, with a travel history that includes Trinidad, London, Egypt, and Dubai. They arrived in Jamaica on March 11.
- A 51-year-old Jamaican resident from Westmoreland with no travel history, but who was a contact of two previously confirmed cases.
- A 58-year-old female of a Kingston and St Andrew address, with a travel history from France and who returned to Jamaica on March 10.
- A 42-year-old male from Westmoreland, with a travel history to the United Kingdom, who returned to Jamaica on March 12.
- A 61-year-old female from Clarendon, with a travel history that includes New York, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. She returned to Jamaica on March 18 on flight BA2263. She contacted the Ministry’s COVID-19 helpline when symptoms developed. This triggered the Rapid Response Team and she was taken into isolation.
The cases of one of the 61-year-old men and the 51-year-old were previously announced during a press briefing Monday night. The Ministry indicated that 17 of the now 25 confirmed cases are imported; seven are import-related, and one remains under investigation.
On Monday, March 11, 2020 Prime Minister Andrew Holness cautioned the country to expect community spread of the virus to start soon.
This comes just as comedian Sydney Talker had a face-off with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control over their inability to give him proper treatment despite coming down with symptoms of COVID-19.