Kenya bans India travel on Covid rise

A patient is wheeled inside a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Kenya has banned passenger flights from India for the next two weeks due to a highly infectious new coronavirus strain.

The new directive will take effect in the next 72 hours to allow passengers who had Kenya travel plans to arrive on time.

Those travelling to Kenya after the Saturday midnight deadline from the Asian state will undertake a mandatory Covid-19 test upon arrival.

The passengers from India will also be required to observe a 14-day quarantine to be monitored by Kenya’s health officials.

“This suspension is to take effect 72 hours from now to allow those passengers travelling from India to arrive into the country,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said on Wednesday.

Kenya bans India travel on Covid surgeThe suspension will see Kenya join nations including Bangladesh, the UK, Oman, France and Hong Kong that have banned travel to and from India or asked their nationals coming from the Asian country to isolate themselves in government-approved hotels.

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