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Kenya faces third Covid wave as Raila Odinga hospitalised

By Morris Kiruga, in Nairobi
Posted on Saturday, 13 March 2021 15:18, updated on Sunday, 14 March 2021 04:50

Raila Odinga, African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa
Raila Odinga, Kenya's former Prime Minister and the African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Opposition leader Raila Odinga confirmed he has tested positive for Covid-19 as Kenya faces a third wave of infections.

In a statement on Thursday, Odinga, 76, said he felt strong “and in good shape” and would be going into mandatory quarantine. He has been in hospital since 9 March, when his doctor said he was undergoing tests after complaining of fatigue and body aches.

A year after Kenya recorded its first Covid-19 case, the country has now had more than 110,000 confirmed cases, 87,903 recoveries and nearly 2,000 deaths. At the start of its pandemic response, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration banned political gatherings and shut down major parts of the country’s social and economic life.