Why Government is Allowing Flights From China Amidst Coronavirus Fear

The state has given a brief amidst uproar from citizens over the government’s ability to handle the corona Virus, this following heightened insecurity that was fueled by the revelation that a China plane carrying 239 passengers landed in the country.

The ministry of health admitted through a statement that indeed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport allowed China Southern Airlines which has resumed flights to Kenya despite coronavirus scare on Wednesday, February 26.

Stopping Chinese nationals from coming to Kenya over Coronavirus is discriminatory, the government has said.

Many countries have cut off their flights to China making Kenyans weary on state’s decision to not follow suit. In defense, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Rachel Omamo has stated that those who entered the country were screened.

Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman further clarified that Southern China Airlines suspended their flights on their own volition and have just resumed business hence yesterday’s flight into the country.

“Flights out of China go through rigorous levels of screening within the airport, thereafter on board by the crew”, he ascertained.

Security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan, stand at a subway station in Beijing on January 26, 2020


Rashid insists that passengers coming directly from China are already prepared in their country by their Government to undergo self-quarantine. He revealed that the Chinese embassy in Kenya alerts them in advance of any travelers coming into the country from China.

The Chinese Embassy has told Kenyans to brace for more flights from the Asian country.

The embassy has however assured Kenyans of China’s commitment to preventing the spread of the Corona Virus in Kenya. To show its commitment, China has indicated that flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi had been reduced from three to only one flight per week until March 25, 2020.

CS Aman has stated that an action plan is in place in terms of preparedness and improvement of the number of health workers with the assurance that there is also an active emergency center.

Various nations amongst them Kenya have remained uneasy ever since Corona Virus was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The confirmed death toll is reportedly standing at 2,770 as per Wednesday, February 26.

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