A new variant of the new coronavirus has been discovered in Kenya. This was the result of a preliminary study by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The variant, currently only found in Kenya, was discovered in the southeast of the country after KEMRI carried out a study between June and October 2020. KEMRI says that while viruses are normal for viruses to mutate, more research needs to be conducted to evaluate the effects of the variant. Kenya has so far registered nearly 100,000 cases of Covid-19 with more than 1,700 deaths. The East African country isn’t the only one where a new variant has been discovered. In South Africa, a more rapidly spreading variant was found. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was also in three African countries – Botswana, Zambia and neighboring West Africa in the Gambia. Africa has registered more than three million cases of Covid-19 so far, and the daily number of cases has passed the first wave peak. Between December 28, 2020 and January 10, 2021, an average of 25,223 cases were reported daily in Africa. That’s almost 39% more than the two-week high of 18,104 cases per day in July 2020, according to the WHO. WHO has indicated that it is now imperative for governments to revise public health policies to avoid an increase in infections that could lead to the expansion of health facilities.
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