15 more India Covid variant cases detected in Kenya

Kenya has reported 15 more people have tested positive to the Indian Covid-19 variant bringing country’s total cases of the South Asian region strain now stands at 20 after the first five cases were detected a week ago.

“The 15 cases are out of 17 samples tested at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kilifi,” said Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr Rashid Aman.

Meanwhile, the country’s positivity rate is at 10.8 per cent after the ministry also announced that 410 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours from a sample size of 3,799.

The total confirmed positive cases are now 164,386 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,729,345.

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Dr Aman added that from the cases, 253 are males and 157 are females, the youngest being a one-month-old infant and the oldest 100 years old.

Unfortunately, 22 more people succumbed to the virus; 18 on diverse dates within the last one month, while four are late death reports from facility record audits. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 2,950.

Dr Aman said 67 patients have recovered from the disease, 10 from home-based and isolation care, and 57 from various health facilities across the country.

Total recoveries now stand at 113,124; 82,213 are from home-based and isolation while 30,294 are from various health facilities.

At the same time, over one thousand patients are currently admitted to various hospitals in Kenya.

A total of 4,823 patients are on home-based and isolation care and 119 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 of whom are on ventilator support and 74 on supplemental oxygen.

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