8 foreigners who tested positive for Indian COVID-19 variant confined in Kisumu


8 foreigners who tested positive for Indian COVID-19 variant confined in Kisumu

The Kisumu County government says it has confined eight foreign nationals who tested positive for the COVID-19 variant from India.

Kisumu Health CEC Prof. Boaz Otieno-Nyunya made the announcement in a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday evening after Acting Health Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth had revealed that the variant had indeed been detected in the county.

Prof. Otieno-Nyunya, in his statement, said the county government had since stepped up surveillance to stop the spread of the virus.

He added that at least 100 other people who came into contact with the 8 had also been placed under 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,” said the CEC.

“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.”

He further 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. 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.”

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