06-05-2021 by redazione
The Indian variant of Covid-19 has also arrived in Kenya.
It was hoped that the closure, though not timely, of the air borders with India would have averted the danger of importing this strain of the virus, which experts say is 15 times more dangerous than the original.
This was not the case: yesterday, Wednesday 5 May, the Director General of the Kenyan Health Service, Patrick Amoth, declared that the first five cases in the country were among people who had arrived from India, albeit with negative swabs, the day before flights were closed.
At the same time, a sugar company in Kisumu on Lake Victoria confirmed that these five cases are Indian project workers who arrived a few days ago. They were joined by three other people in the same area.
Obviously, these people were still in quarantine and being followed by health workers and then showed symptoms of the virus. The new swab would have given a positive result and subsequent investigations would have led to the discovery.
"We confirm that this variant is now also present in Kenya," said Amoth, "because of global connectivity, it was only a matter of time. You may not be able to put in place good barriers to prevent a virus from entering your territory," he said.
We will see day by day what the consequences will be and whether the cases will increase, it is certain that the current situation of the great Asian country that maintains important ties with Kenya also because of the presence of many citizens of Indian origin, does not bode well.
In the meantime, yesterday the ratio of cases to swabs analysed was back above 10 per cent, after the auspicious drop of Tuesday, 4 May, with 5.2 per cent.
Out of 4,426 swabs, 489 people tested positive.
The total number of confirmed positive cases in the country is 161,393.
Yesterday there were also deaths: 20, bringing the total number of Covid-19 victims in Kenya to 2,825.
A total of 552 patients have recovered. 303 have been discharged from various health facilities across the country, while 249 from home treatment and isolation. The total number of cures now stands at 109,769.
Currently, 1,164 patients are in various health facilities while 6,603 are in the home care programme.
153 patients are in intensive care, 28 of them on ventilator support, 99 on supplementary oxygen and 26 others under observation. A further 119 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, of whom 111 are in the general wards and eight in the high dependency unit.
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