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Deadly Indian Covid-19 variant detected in Kenya


Ministry of health has confirmed five cases of the Indian coronavirus variant in Kenya.

Ministry of Health Acting Director General Patrick Amoth says they were picked up on arrival into the country on Thursday last.

The five cases were reported in five people working in a fertilizer plant in Kisumu County.

“We picked this from a sample of Indian travellers who are doing some work in the western part of Kisumu. We have gone ahead, together with the Kisumu County health team, to do contact tracing,” said Amoth.

Amoth says that the five were picked before the ban on flights from India was imposed.

The ministry has reported 489 new infections from a sample of 4,426 collected in the last 24 hours.

Another 552 patients have recovered while 20 more people have died of Covid-19.