Health CS Calls on heightened surveillance amid a new Covid variant

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe [Photo: KBC]

Feb 16th 2021 – Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has called on counties bordering other countries to heighten surveillance, in preventing the new wave of COVID-19.

Speaking during a tour of the Narok county referral Hospital, the CS said the variant is entirely different from the first one detected in the country and other parts of the world.

He also expressed concern that it could be circulating in the country, and called for strict observance of the Covid-19 measures.

As you have heard in both National and international press there is a new variance of COVID-19, Counties and the National Government should observe a high level of vigilance and surveillance to keep the virus away,” said Kagwe.

Meanwhile, Kenya has recorded 86 COVID-19 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

65 are from the Isolation and Home Care Program while 21 are from different Hospitals nationwide. 

This raises the total number of recoveries to 85, 336.

However,  the Health Ministry has reported 174 new positive cases from 2,848 samples tested, raising the total caseload to 103,188.

According to the Health CS, 258 persons are admitted in various health facilities across the country while 1,190 are on the Isolation and Home Care Program

Thirty-seven patients are in ICU, from which 15 are on ventilatory support.

Two persons have succumbed to the virus, bringing the fatality toll to1,797.

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