Kenya confirms 15 more cases of Indian COVID-19 variant

FILE PHOTO: A COVID-19 patient isolation center in Machacos town in eastern Kenya, on August 3, 2020. /VCG

Kenya has on Wednesday confirmed 15 more Indian COVID-19 variant cases, Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman said.

The 15 are out of 17 samples tested at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kilifi, The country now has a total of 20 cases of the Indian variant.

Kenya on May 5 confirmed that it had detected five cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant.

The country’s health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi kagwe also announced that the government has placed an order of 30 million Johnson and Johnson doses, which will be delivered within a year, to enable Kenya cover 60% of the adult population and thus attain herd immunity.

The ministry also announced that 410 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the total tally is now at 164,386.

Total recoveries are now at 113,124, while unfortunately, a total of 2,950 people have succumbed to the disease.

925,509 persons have thus far been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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