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Africa News of Wednesday, 29 April 2020


Kenyan research centre 'running out of test kits'

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has depleted its supplies of coronavirus screening and testing kits, the Star newspaper says, quoting a report tabled on Tuesday by a Senate committee.

"The institute needs at least 790m Kenyan shillings ($7.3m; £5.9m) to restock reagents and other materials used for testing for coronavirus," the institute's director, Yeri Kombe said.

Kemri is co-ordinating the country's screening and testing of coronavirus cases, as well as conducting research on a possible vaccine for the pandemic.

The East African nation has to date confirmed 373 cases and 14 deaths.

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