Kenya through the Ministry of Health has on Wednesday confirmed the first case of the deadly India COVID-19 strain.
Confirming the news was Health DG Dr. Patrick Amoth who said the five cases of the Indian variant were detected in Kisumu County.
All the new cases are from five Indians who are reported to be workers at a fertilizer factory in Kisumu as the government gears up contact tracing of those who have interacted with the five.
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India has so far recorded 226,000 COVID-19 deaths and over 20 million cases taking over as the second most affected countries in the world behind U.S.
COVID-19 situation in Kenya
The Ministry of Health was speaking as they confirmed 489 new cases of the virus from 4,426 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of cases in the country now stands at 161,393 and samples at 1,692,532.
“489 people have tested positive to the disease, from a sample size of 4,426 tested in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is at 11.0%. Of the cases, 449 are Kenyans while 40 are foreigners.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 161,393 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,692,532.” Said Ministry of Health.
A total of 552 patients have recovered from the virus, 303 of whom are from various health facilities and 249 from home-based care. The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 106,769.
“552 patients have recovered from the disease, 303 from various health facilities countrywide while 249 are from Home Based & Isolation Care. Total recoveries now stand at 109,769 of which 79,774 are from Home Based Care & Isolation while 29,995 are from various health facilities.” Said Ministry of Health.
Unfortunately, 20 patients succumbed to the virus pushing the cumulative number of deaths in the country to 2,825.
“20 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, 11 on diverse dates within the last one month and 9 being late death reports from facility record audits. This now pushes cumulative fatalities to 2,825.” Said Ministry of Health.