Days after the ministry of health warned on the rising positivity rate of the coronavirus. Now government officials have confirmed the first cases of the Omicron Variant of the coronavirus.
The cases were detected in three passengers who are in quarantine. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed this earlier today.
Mutahi Kagwe was speaking at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort during a consultative meeting with the council of governors. They were discussing health policy and legislative barriers.
“We have detected the Omicron virus among the Travellers and it will be dominant across the globe,” CS Kagwe said.
According to the CS, they are sequencing. So as to monitor the spread of the variant. He went on to add that they expect that the variant will become dominant globally.
He went on to advise Kenyans to receive their vaccine doses. Adding that those who have received their vaccines do not have severe effects.
Mutahi Kagwe went on to add the omicron variant is not only infectious but also highly contagious. Adding that a single carrier can infect an entire nightclub.
The country is yet to put in place stricter measures to contain the spread of the disease. However, the CS added that science will guide the decision and not emotions.
Containg of the Omicron Variant
“There are a lot of countries going on lockdown because of Omicron. How many people are dying? it’s low, how many are infected?” CS Kagwe pose.
According to the health CS, epidemiologists have eliminated lockdowns as a way of preventing the spread of the variant that has raised global concern.
According to Mutahi Kagwe 95 per cent of those hospitalised are yet to receive their Covid-19 vaccine.
63 countries have since reported cases of the Omicron variant. This according to the WHO.
South Africa detected the variant first. Since then Europe as well as other continents have reported cases of the Variant.
The WHO says the Omicron variant appears to have a “growth advantage” over the Delta variant, which was previously the fastest spreading “variant of concern” of the virus.