On Wednesday Kenya detected its maiden three cases of the Omicron variant among travellers, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said.
Having been named a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron has been said to spread fast. But, so far, it does not lead to severe disease.
Following its fast-spreading nature, minister Kagwe called on citizens to follow health protocols and avoid crowded areas. He also asked those in Kenya to get the full Covid vaccine dose.
He, however, clarified that there was no possibility of a lockdown.
“Epidemiologists have said a lockdown is not the way to go,” he added.
The minister however, directed governors to prepare isolation facilities in their various counties.
He revealed that Kenya is in talks with South Africa and other nations that have detected the Omicron variant in a bid to find out how to effectively deal with it.