The County Government Of Kisumu says that the eight Indians who tested positive for the Indian Covid-19 variant were already incarcerated in a facility in the County.
The CEC Of Health Boaz Otieno announced on Wednesday that the County Government Of Kisumu and the government of Kenya stepped forward to contain the spread of the deadly disease in the county.
He also said that the 100 people who had come into contact with the eight had also been traced and put into quarantine.
“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,” Prof said.
“The County Government 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. All the 8, who were working at a local factory are suspected to have recently travelled from India”.
The CEC added 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 with speed to stop a further spread of the Virus.
He urged the Kisumu to remain vigilant, to practice and observe the containment measures that were put to control the spread of the corona in the county.
“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.”
These revelations came in after the acting Director-General of Health Dr Patrick Amoth told the reporters the cases were detected last week on Thursday before the government halted the flights from Kenya to India due to the increase of the disease.
“This variant has been picked in Kenya and because of connectivity, it was just a matter of time. You cannot be able to put barriers to prevent a virus from accessing your territory,” Dr Amoth said.
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