Raila Odinga has pleaded with Kenyans to ensure they strictly follow all the COVID-19 containment measures proposed by the government, doctors, and scientists.
In a statement shortly after his doctor confirmed he had tested positive for the virus ravaging the globe, Raila said COVID-19 is real.
“Despite the fact that I feel strong and in good shape after a few days in the hospital, I have agreed with my doctors to take undertake the mandatory quarantine,” he said in the statement seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
Raila Odinga is among several key politicians who have been actively holding huge political rallies in the country as he leads the popularisation of BBI bill.
His last major rallies were in the coastal counties a few days before he checked into hospital reportedly complaining of fatigue.
Ban on public gatherings are among several COVID-19 containment measures announced by the government but politicians have been evidently flouting the same.
News of Raila Odinga testing positive also comes barely hours before President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation following expiry of 3-month COVID-19 containment measures.
It remains to be seen what more measures shall be introduced considering COVID-19 infection rate has hit its highest rate ever since the first case was discovered in Kenya in early 2020.
According to the health ministry corona tracker website, Kenya has confirmed 111,185 COVID-19 cases so far with 87,994 recoveries and 1,899 deaths as of March 11, 2021.
Kenya has a 1.7% fatality rate and a 79.1% recovery rate.
The World Health Organisation on January 2021 said a new variant of COVID-19, which was first reported in South Africa was spreading fast in the continent.
The new variant was initially reported in the United Kingdom before finding its way to South Africa and is said to be more deadly than the initial strain.