President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has suspended all flights to and from COVID-19 ravaged country of India for 14 days.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the National Response Committee (NERC) arrived at the decision after deliberations following the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in India.
” The Committee observed the dire events in India and noted the increasing surge of COVID-19 infections in the country. The Committee empathized with the situation and through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed solidarity with the Government of India in dealing with situation,” said Kagwe.
The suspension of the flights takes effect on Saturday midnight meaning passengers travelling to or arriving from India have only less than 72 hours to do so.
He said passengers arriving from India within 72 hours will undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests and will be required to take 14 days quarantine on arrival.
” All passengers arriving from India within these 72 hours shall be subjected to rapid antigen testing upon arrival at our ports of entry and shall be required to strictly observe a 14-day quarantine period that will be closely monitored by our health Officials,” Kagwe said.
He however said cargo flights from India will remain in service subject to observation of transport protocols.
Kagwe, however, said Kenya empathizes with India during this difficult time and pledged to support the Asian country in dealing with the situation.
India has recorded 18,160,747 cases of COVID-19 so far with 202,107 deaths.