Kenya has now confirmed the new cases of coronavirus variant first seen in South Africa.
However, acting Director-General for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth stated that the asymptomatic patients being two men have since left the country.
“This was picked (up) because of our heightened surveillance system. These two gentlemen have since gone back to their country. At the point of picking them, they were all asymptomatic,” said Amoth.
Both cases of the new coronavirus variant have prompted the government to heighten surveillance across all entry points.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe defended his decision to suspend flights despite the threat of the new Coronavirus variant carries.
On Wednesday, during the COVID-19 pandemic daily updates, Kagwe stated that experts in the country with a better understanding advised that the country keeps watching until it is sure the variant being talked about has a negative impact on the people.
“What I do know is that the issues of variants and changing and mutating of viruses is normal and it happens all the time continuously. Variants come, some can grow stronger but usually, they grow weaker,” said Amoth.
This comes even as the country recorded 136 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 3,787 tested in 24 hours on Wednesday and raised the caseload in the country to 99,444 from cumulative tests of 1,134,494 tested to date. The new cases were all Kenyans except 19 who were foreign nationals.
“I do know is that the issues of variants and changing and mutating of viruses is normal and it happens all the time continuously. Variants come some can grow stronger but usually they grow weaker,” he noted.
He went on: “Viruses or other pathogens will always continue to mutate in order to continue surviving. Indeed we have reported two cases. We all know that this variant is 50 percent more transmissible therefore posing a significant risk in that more people will be infected and therefore could be able to stretch the healthcare system more.”