Panic has gripped the nation after KEMRI released a report painting a grim picture of the COVID-19 situation in Kenya.
According to KEMRI scientists, in a report carried by a local media house, at least 2.6 millions have already contracted COVID-19.
The report is based on donated blood samples which were tested and found to contain COVID-19 antibodies.
Antibodies are proteins developed by the body in response to attack by foreign substances such as bacteria and virus.
The presence of COVID-19 antibodies in blood shows that an individual has been infected — even if they never showed any symptoms.
KEMRI researchers tested blood donated across the country between April 30 and June and estimates over 500,000 people in Nairobi and about 100,000 in Mombasa, have already contracted Coronavirus.
As reports show that over 2.6 million are coronavirus positive; People with type A blood are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 and severe illness while those with type O have a lower risk, a new research has shown.
A recent genetic analysis found that individuals with blood types A-positive, A-negative and AB-positive and AB-negative were at a higher risk of contracting the disease than non-A blood types.
This is in sharp contrast with Ministry of Health figures which stand at about 6000 positive cases countrywide.
Courtesy: Daily Nation.