UK with 1,500 COVID-19 cases advises against travel to Kenya with less than 15
London, March 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The British government has updated its travel advice, telling its citizens to avoid “all but essential travel” to Kenya
Kenya has three positive cases of coronavirus, all confirmed last week. This is dwarfed by the numbers in the UK where 35 people have died and more than 1,300 are infected.
About 190,000 people from the UK visit Kenya each year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
Several African states including Kenya have imposed far-reaching restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus whereas UK has not
n an address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced:
- A ban on travel from any country that is known to have the virus
- Any Kenyan or foreigner residing in Kenya would have to go into quarantine if they arrive from an affected country
- The closure of all education institutions.
But Kenya’s efforts to tackle the global pandemic have been hampered by nurses who have started a go-slow at a coronavirus isolation ward at the Mbagathi Hospital in the capital, Nairobi.
The nurses say there is a shortage of protective gear and they have not received adequate training on how to deal with patients.
The hospital has admitted 22 people who came into contact with the first confirmed case in Kenya.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man has been arrested in the eastern town of Mwingi for publishing “false information”, Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a tweet:
In total, nearly 350 people have been diagnosed with the virus across Africa. Seven people have died while 42 have recovered, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
Most of the cases involve people arriving from Europe and North America.
The total number of people in the UK to test positive for the virus has risen by 171 in a day to a total of 1,543, according to the latest Department of Health figures. The latest cases include 30 more from Wales and 18 in Scotland.
More than 44,000 people have been tested in the UK. People self-isolating with mild symptoms are no longer being tested – the government said tests are primarily being given to hospital patients with respiratory problems, and to people in residential or care facilities experiencing outbreaks.