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India’s Covid-19 variant detected in Uganda

The confirmation of the Indian variant in East Africa comes as India battles the second wave of COVID-19 that has devastated its cities.

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Uganda has reported its first case of the Indian Covid-19 variant from travellers returning from the Asian country.

The Ugandan government announced on Twitter about the discovery but did not divulge any more details on the case.

However, the Ministry of Health urged citizens to wear masks, wash hands with soapy water, social-distance and get vaccinated.

The deadly Indian variant, also known as B.1.617, was discovered by scientists in December last year in India.

The B.1.617 strain’s mutations are feared to make the variant spread faster and partially evade immunity.

Other variants, first identified by scientists in South Africa and Brazil, are also believed to be more transmissible than the original strain.

The confirmation of the Indian variant in East Africa comes as India battles the second wave of COVID-19 that has devastated its cities.

Today marked another grim record high with 379,257 new infections and 3,645 deaths in India in the last 24 hours.

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Governor Lee: Travelers from Western, Nyanza counties to test, self-isolate to curb COVID-19 spread

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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People travelling to Nakuru from Western Kenya and Nyanza counties have been advised to self-isolate and take a COVID-19 test in a measure to curb the virus spread.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui in a notice said the COVID-19 positivity rate in Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori counties is worrisome.

“At 20.5 per cent and rising, we have good reason to consider the trend as ‘a crisis in the making,” he stated adding that the more virulent Indian variant is worsening situations.

He said his administration was monitoring the situation with great caution and shall not hesitate to take up preemptive measures to protect residents and visitors.

In the precautionary statement based on the case situation, the Governor said it will be necessary to reduce travel to the highlighted region to bare necessity.

On average, Nakuru County has an attack rate of 229/100,000 population. This means in every 100,000 people sampled, 229 are highly likely to be infected with COVID-19.

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Shocker: Less than 1% of adult population vaccinated

On March 03, Kenya received just over one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of the COVAX Facility.

Kenya is set to receive 24 million doses through the COVAX Facility.

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Shockingly, only less than one per cent of the adult population in the country has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,005,509 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

“Of these, the total first doses are 978,127 while the total 2nd doses are 27,382,” MoH explained in its daily briefing.

On March 03, Kenya received just over one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of the COVAX Facility.

Kenya is set to receive 24 million doses through the COVAX Facility.

Frontline healthcare workers, teachers, police and military as the priority groups were targeted during round one of the inoculations.

However, later, the Government included those aged 58 years and above in this priority category.

The low vaccine uptake has been blamed on efficacy scepticism but the demand spiked after President Uhuru Kenyatta was vaccinated.

Kenya averagely administers about 1,791 doses each day. At that rate, it will take a further 5,870 days to administer enough doses for another 10 per cent of the population.

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US affirms red alert on Kenya over high COVID-19 cases

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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The US Embassy in Kenya at Gigiri, Nairobi.

The United States of America has reiterated its travel advisory against Kenya issued on April 20 over the surge in COVID-19 cases, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased COVID-19 containment measures imposed last month.

The President in his Labor Day address lifted the ban on the movement by road, air, and rail into and out of the five counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

He also allowed for the reopening of bars, restaurants and religious services. Also, schools will be allowed to reopen in line with the Ministry of Education calendar.

And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

The US Embassy in Kenya says it is unable to secure a bed or other medical care for USA citizens at private or public hospitals, nor can it provide medical care for private citizens.

“If you must travel to Kenya at this time, you should have travel insurance that includes coverage for an air ambulance evacuation in the event you have symptomatic COVID-19,” the US Embassy in Kenya advised.

The Embassy further advised its citizens that they cannot travel on a commercial airline out of Kenya if they are acutely ill with COVID-19 and advised them to maintain strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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