Kenya has confirmed three cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. Making the announcement in Mombasa Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe while calling for calm said the virus was detected from three travellers, a South African and two Kenyans who have since been quarantined.
The Minister said several other samples were being tested and results would be released in two days to determine if the variant has spread locally.
The latest development comes as cases of the heavily mutated variant have been confirmed in 77 countries. World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that new coronavirus variant is spreading across the globe at an unprecedented rate.
The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa in November, and the country has since seen a surge in infections.
Kagwe argues the country has a chance of mitigating the possible foreseeable spike if more Kenyans get vaccinated, warning county governments to ready COVID-19 isolation facilities countrywide once the waves hit.
The CS warned that the variant was highly transmissible but the level of attack was less severe among those vaccinated.
In other news – Kericho man sentenced to death for murder
A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to death by a Kericho Court after he was found guilty of killing a man who reportedly disapproved of his love affair with his (deceased’s) mother.
Kericho High court Judge Lady Justice Asenath Ongeri found Richard Kipyegon Langat alias Kichokio guilty of murdering Bernard Kipkoech. Learn more