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Kenya suspends all flights from China Due To Corona Virus Scare

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday issued a directive on the coronavirus, that included setting up a 21-member task force and the completion of an isolation centre at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi within seven days.

“Kenya is a major international transport hub, with 70 per cent of international passengers in transit, and there is a significant threat arising from the spread of the coronavirus to Kenya from countries that have new and ongoing outbreaks of the pneumatic disease,” the Head of State said in his Executive Order Number 2 of 2020.

The President also ordered for the identification and preparation of isolation and treatment facilities in all Level Five and referral hospitals across the country to be concluded by March 15, 2020.

The National Emergency Response Committee led by the health minister has different cabinet secretaries including those in charge of Defence, Transport, Foreign Affairs, and Information Communication.

It would also have directors-general of Medical Services, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Kenya Airports Authority, in addition to the Director of Immigration.

Earlier, a court had suspended flights between Kenya and China and ordered the state to prepare a plan to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The court ruling followed Wednesday’s resumption of flights by China Southern Airlines flights on the Guangzhou-Changsha-Nairobi route.

The Law Society of Kenya had filed a case asking the court to suspend flights again.

Justice James Makau suspended the flights for 10 days and ordered the state to prepare a “contingency plan on the prevention, surveillance and response to coronavirus”.

The team put in place by the president will also formulate, enforce and review processes and requirements for entry into Kenya of any persons suspected to have travelled to a coronavirus infested area.

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems.

Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have cancelled scheduled flights to China except for Ethiopian Airlines.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS coronavirus, which is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus and SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.

In this article, we will share the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent.

  • Kenya suspends all flights from China
  • Nigeria records first case
  • 2 South Africans test positive in Japan
  • South Africa to expatriate citizens
  • Chinese airline resumes flights to Kenya
  • Uganda, Kenya defend stance on evacuations
  • Kenya to send upkeep to students in Wuhan
  • Zimbabwean woman tests negative
  • Rwanda’s health minister fired
  • Chinese national quarantined in Kenya
  • West African countries collaborate
  • Egypt records Africa’s first case
  • Uganda to send financial assistance to stranded students
  • Chinese doctor in Liberia offers help
  • South African company to export face masks to China
  • Africa’s response capacity boosted by WHO
  • Ethiopian defends stance on flying to China
  • Africa ADC asks countries to allow citizens return home
  • Ethiopia to quarantine all Wuhan entrants
  • Ghana records negative outcome for two suspected cases
  • Kenya to repatriate its students from Chinese city of Wuhan
  • Chinese embassy in Kenya issues orders
  • Africa’s first infection happens in China
  • African trio record cases, Air Tanzania ditches China route
  • Kenyan records new case, Nigeria ‘battle ready’
  • African airlines suspend flights to China
  • Ethiopia suspected cases test negative
  • Ethiopian Airlines denies reports of suspending flights
  • Ivory Coast’s suspected case tests negative
  • Mozambique suspends visa-on-arrival for travelers from China
  • Ethiopia isolates four suspected cases
  • Kenya rushes suspected case to hospital
  • Ivory Coast conducts first tests on African continent


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