The United Kingdom (UK) has advised its citizens against non-essential travels to Kenya following revelations that the country is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Kenya. This is due to the Kenyan authorities announcing measures restricting individuals, except Kenyan citizens and resident permit holders, from entering Kenya if they have come from countries affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), including the United Kingdom. These measures will come in to effect as of 17 March. Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Kenya. The Kenyan authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Around 190,000 UK residents visit Kenya every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Kenya which is a trade ally of the UK confirmed 3 cases of Covid-19, all of which are in isolation wards at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
The first case was from a 27-year old woman who had travelled from the USA, through UK into Kenya, the other one is from a friend to the lady, the third case is unknown.
The government has been criticised for its lax handling of the virus, by not banning flights from and into affected countries.
Today, it’s been reported that nurses at Mbagathi Hospital are on a go-slow because of inadequate training on handling the virus and lack of protection for their families.
Since its beginning, there have been 169,924 cases of coronavirus, 6521 deaths as at this time, 77,776 people who have recovered from it; of the 85,627 active cases over 5900 are critical; 79,704 in mild conditions.
The UK has had 1,372 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 so far.
Thirty-five people have died from the disease in the UK.