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Indian variant in Kisumu under control – KMPDC CEO says

Daniel Yumbya, the CEO of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC), has said that the Indian variant of coronavirus in Kisumu is under control.

Speaking to Sam Gituku of Citizen TV’s Day Break Show, Yumbya said that they had traced the contacts of the infected, and few of them turned up positive, showing it had yet to spread.

“The variant detected in Kisumu came from people who came in and travelled to Kisumu before flight suspension,” Yumbya said, “Once we suspended flights from India, the situation is under control.”

Confirmed in five people

Kenya last week confirmed the Indian variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Kisumu, confirming it in five people. They were Indian nationals who had arrived in the country. Kisumu County Health officials quickly isolated the area the five had been working and started on contact tracing.

In the search, the government found close to 100 people who had contacted those infected, taking all of them to quarantine. However, Yumbya confirmed that few of the tests turned out positive. This meant that the variant had yet to spread widely in the country.

Positivity rate dropping

Yumbya also expressed confidence that the positivity rate was going down across the country, leading towards flattening the curve.

Kenya is coming off its worst wave yet of COVID-19, witnessed between March and April. Deaths and infections hit an all-time high during that time, with April going down as the deadliest month – over 500 deaths from COVID-19.

Target testing still effective – Yumbya

“We do not do mass testing but do target testing in areas we need to test,” Yumbya said. He also stated that fluctuations in the positivity rate were normal. As long as it was not increasing, it was a good sign.

Yumbya also called for an end to the stigmatization of those who had been sick with COVID-19. One could still be positive and have limited contact with the world, Yumbya said, as he spoke of his battle with the disease.

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