Kisumu on high alert over new Indian covid-19 strain

Written By: Eric Biegon

The county government of Kisumu has disclosed that it has stepped up surveillance in its boundaries after the Indian variant of Covid -19 was detected in the County.

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According to Kisumu Health CEC Prof. Boaz Otieno-Nyunya, the county has confined at least 8 foreign nationals who tested positive to the Indian variant and is currently conducting an elaborate contact tracing to help stop the spread of the virus.

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“Following gene sequencing carried out on samples by the National government testing laboratories, it has been ascertained that one of the samples turned positive for the Indian variant of Covid-19,” Otieno said

He confirmed that all the eight, who were working at a local factory, are suspected to have recently traveled from India.

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In a statement to newsrooms Wednesday evening, Prof Otieno further disclosed that at least 100 other workers who are said to have had close contact with the 8 have been placed under strict quarantine as the county moves to curb further spread of the Virus.

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“The situation is under control but we urge Kisumu residents to continue adhering to the Covid-19 protocols to help keep away the stubborn virus.” He said

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He added that the region’s disease surveillance teams are on high alert and that contact tracing is going on.

“Our people must avoid gatherings and wear masks at all times.” He said as he urged locals to exercise caution.


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