ministry of health confirm indian variant of covid-19 reported in kenya

Mutahi Kagwe [Photo courtesy]>

Mutahi Kagwe [Photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa May 6, 2021

The Ministry of Health has revealed that the Covid-19 variant from India has been detected in Kenya.

 According to the Health Director-General, Dr Patrick Amoth, the cases were detected on Thursday last week, before the ban on flights to and from India was announced.

 The five cases of the Indian variant were detected upon arrival into the country.

He noted that the cases were reported in Kisumu.

This comes a week after Kenya's Health Minister suspended flights to and from India for 14 days on Wednesday following an uproar on social media that demanded the East African nation take action on the coronavirus.

Mutahi Kagwe said the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) held a crisis meeting and decided that because of the catastrophic situation in India and surging COVID-19 infections, measures had to be taken to curb the spread of the virus.

Kagwe said that "given the dire events in India, we resolved to suspend all passenger flights in and out of the country for a period of 14 days. This suspension is to take effect from midnight this coming Saturday."