ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga has tested positive for Covid-19.
This has been confirmed in a statement from his doctor, Consultant neurosurgeon David Oluoch Olunya, released on Thursday night.
Dr Olunya, however, said that the former Prime Minister was responding well to treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.
“Following my letter of the 10th of March 2021, we have confirmed that Rt. Hon. Odinga has SARS-2 COVID 19. We are continuing to monitor his progress,” reads Dr Olunya’s statement.
The ODM Party Leader was admitted to Nairobi Hospital on March 9 after complaining of fatigue and body aches after concluding his five-day tour of coastal region counties to drum up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and looming referendum.
Here is the full statement released by Raila Odinga after testing positive for Coronavirus:
Family members led by his elder brother Oburu Oginga has called for calm saying Raila was recovering and exhibited no symptoms.
Earlier, Oburu and the ODM leader’s son Raila Odinga Junior has told Kenyans through social media that he was in “high spirits”.
This comes amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Kenya in the recent days, with Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirming that Kenya was experiencing the third and more lethal phase of the pandemic.
A section of Kenyans, led by the Council of Governors headed by Martin Wambora have called for suspension of political gatherings for the next 60 days to contain the virus.
Among those who have wished Raila a quick recovery is Deputy President William Ruto, Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat, and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
To my brother @RailaOdinga. You are strong and the fighter in you shall overcome.I wish you a speedy recovery through God’s healing hand. You are in my prayers.— Kalonzo Musyoka (@skmusyoka) March 11, 2021