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Kenya’s Odinga hospitalized with Covid

Kenya’s veteran opposition chief and former prime minister, Raila Odinga, is in hospital with Covid-19, his doctor said Thursday.

The 76-year-old politician checked into hospital on Tuesday claiming fatigue, and his doctor David Oluoch-Olunya confirmed in a statement he had tested positive for Covid-19, but was “responding well to treatment” and “remains upbeat”.

His infection comes as Kenya experiences a third wave of Covid-19 spread, with an average positivity rate of almost 13 percent this week.

On Wednesday 12 people died, the highest number in one day this year. Both the South African and UK variants of the virus have been detected in the country.

Kenya has recorded over 110,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,899 deaths, and began vaccinating against the virus last week.

The country has been under some form of evening curfew for almost a year.

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