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  • Kenya Airways (KQ) has addressed whether it will stop flights to India as the country records 300,000 Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

Kenya Airways (KQ) has said it will continue flying to and from India amid concerns raised by Kenyans following record-breaking numbers of Coronavirus in the country.

According to a statement by KQ, the Asian country provides medical supplies to Kenya and cutting flights from India could affect the medical industry in Kenya.

However, KQ assured the public that all Covid-19 protocols are being observed when accepting passengers aboard their flights.

After President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted a ban on international flights, KQ resumed operations to India under a special arrangement, referred to as ‘air bubble'.

As of Tuesday, India had 17,313,163 confirmed cases, the highest in the world and 195,123 deaths. On Sunday, the Asian country recorded 349,691 new cases of Covid-19 infections in 24 hours.

Hospitals have been turning patients away due to the shortage of oxygen, intensive care beds and ventilators.

Reports by the BBC indicated that there is a new Covid-19 variant in India called B.1.617.

Scientists have called it the "double mutant" because of two key mutations with research suggesting the variant is slightly more transmissible and that antibodies may find it harder to block the virus.