In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at how coronavirus has changed the lives of Kenyans, from birth to death.
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Sheila Atieno * gets on standby to assist a girl who is 32 weeks expectant provide her infant. Dr Atieno has actually done this many times previously. Yet this birth, when it occurs, will certainly be uncommon.

The pregnant woman was brought right into an unique ward at a public medical facility in the funding, Nairobi, after evaluating positive for coronavirus.

Dr Atieno, a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist, becomes part of a tiny group of medical professionals that have actually been determined to attend to expectant women that present symptoms of the virus.

Dr Atieno's globe has changed dramatically. She is a mommy of two youngsters under the age of 2 years.

" It's been really hard to manage the reality that I will be specifically attending to pregnant moms that are contaminated with the virus," she tells me.

" I'm about to execute a caesarean section, which typically involves taking care of a lot of body liquids. Although I'll carry out the operation while worn a safety match, it makes you rather warm and also uncomfortable.

" And also when I get home, the kids will intend to hurry right into my arms. However I can't touch them until I have actually altered, showered as well as sanitised myself.

" It is difficult psychologically as well as emotionally. But I have no choice - it's my job to introduce brand-new life, with or without the pandemic," Dr Atieno says.

Francis and Veronica Gitonga are a young couple on honeymoon at their country home in Nyahururu, which has to do with 200km (125 miles) from Nairobi.

They had prepared their wedding for 5 April. They invited 500 visitors to witness the huge moment when they would each claim: "I do!"

But when they did, only 6 individuals were permitted inside the church - the bride, the bridegroom, their ideal couple and also 2 administering priests. No parents, no family, no village companions.

Social distancing policies and take a trip restrictions brought about by Covid-19 distanced thousands of people from their wedding celebration. The couple held their wedding party at home with only 12 individuals present.

They had the choice of postponing their wedding till life go back to typical. But they selected not to.

I asked the couple if they was sorry for not delaying the wedding to permit more of their friends and family to attend.

" No, we have no remorses," states Mr Gitonga, that collaborates with the Redeemed Gospel Church in Nyahururu.

" We felt like God had spoken with us to go on with the wedding. After all, Veronica and I enjoy each other deeply and being collaborated in church before God was all we ever desired.

Mr Gitonga told me Covid-19 not only altered the couple's wedding celebration plans, it brought some unforeseen benefits.

" Our wedding was mosting likely to set you back regarding 300,000 Kenya shillings ($ 2,800; ₤ 2,250). But without the visitors, the wedding catering, hire of a place, etc, ultimately we just invested 50,000 Kenya shillings.

" And also currently we are obtaining a great deal of phone calls from young people in different parts of Kenya claiming we inspired them to do humble wedding celebrations rather than weding huge and after that coming under financial obligation."

Mr and also Mrs Gitonga's is a story of true love in the midst of a pandemic. It's also the shape of a brand-new typical in Kenya - little, intimate as well as pocket-friendly wedding events.