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Kenya To Quarantine All Passangers From Countries With Reported New Covid-19 Variant

The Ministry of Health has announced that passengers from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong will be subjected to enhanced Covid-19 surveillance measures after reports emerged that the said countries have reported a new variant.

In a statement earlier today, the ministry of health director general Dr. Patrick Amoth said that response measures in those countries are not very clear hence raising concerns over potential new threat. Dr. Amoth said that so far, cases of the new variant are restricted to the three countries stating that given its ease of transmission and a global return to mass movements, there is need for increased vigilance at all our points of entry.

"Whilst passenger traffic may not be as significant from neighbouring Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, enhanced surveillance protocols like quarantine and repeat testing will be applied to all passengers from all countries reporting the new variant," Said Dr. Amoth. The new variant carries 32 mutations which makes it highly transmissible and with potential for vaccine escape.

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