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Former Kenya prime minister tests positive for COVID-19

Former Kenyan Prime Minister who is also Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Amollo Odinga has tested positive for Covid-19.

Odinga’s personal physician Dr.  David Oluoch-Olunya in a statement released on Thursday evening confirmed the positive results.

“We have confirmed Odinga has SARs-2 Covid-19 He is responding well to treatment he is receiving at the Nairobi hospital and remains upbeat,” Dr. Oluoch-Olunga said.

Odinga checked in at Nairobi Hospital after returning from the Coastal region where he was campaigning for the Building Bridges Initiative. In a statement shared shortly after the announcement was made, Odinga confirmed Covid-19 was real and urged all of them to adhere to the measures out in place by Government.

“This evening I received a briefing from the doctors who have conducted numerous and complicated tests on me for the last two days. While the test results were several, one important result, which I have authorized the doctors to make public is that I have been found to have been exposed to Covid-19,” Odinga said in a statment released on his social media.

Odinga noted that he felt strong and in good shape after a few days in the hospital. He also said he had agreed with his doctor to take mandatory quarantine.

Odinga becomes the highest Kenyan politician to test positive for the virus, even as experts in Kenya warned that the country was now on its third stage of Covid-19 following a spike in the number of cases. Kenya caseload now stands at 111,185 out of the 1,352, 126 cases.

On Wednesday Odinga commemorated the third-year anniversary of the handshake between Odinga and his former competitor in the 2017 election that ended acrimony in Kenya.

Odinga was visibly not seen in public raising speculation on his health after news spread that he had been taken ill.

It remains unclear whether the Kenyan government would be able to trace his immediate contacts owing to the fact that Odinga had a busy schedule that saw him traverse different parts of the country over the weekend and meeting and engaging with several political leaders and members of the public.

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