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Kenya intensifies surveillance over new Covid-19 variant

The government has increased surveillance in all entry points across the country to prevent the spreading of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache speaking at Nyaura Primary School in Kisii County, said there were several mutations of the virus globally and that the government will ensure that all citizens were safe from the new variant.

Consequently, Mochache said there was monitoring of all people travelling from countries that have reported several cases of the new variant.

“However I urge Kenyans not to drop their guards in observing the Ministry of Health protocols including getting Covid-19 vaccination. We have adequate vaccines for everyone and the government is urging all eligible Kenyans to take the jab,” she said.

The PS said that from the available statistics there are very minimal deaths or severe illnesses for people who have undergone vaccination against Covid-19 and appealed to those still reluctant to change their mind.

Mochache noted that the new Omicron variant was a concern globally, but underscored major strides in the fight against the Coronavirus across the country on a daily basis.

She said the government was keen on ensuring that other economic activities were not affected by implementation of Covid-19 containment measures.

By Jane Naitore

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