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UK BANS passengers from Kenya to control spread of Covid-19

UK BANS passengers from Kenya to control spread of Covid-19

The British High Commission has informed Kenya of plans to add Kenya to its Covid-19- related quarantine list.

A statement from the High Commission said the difficult decision was taken by UK Ministers on March 31 following a review of the latest scientific evidence pertaining to the risk of community transmission of Covid- 19 variants.

Travellers from all countries are required to take Covid-19 tests on Days 2 and 8 following their arrival in the UK.

Of the average of 550 people that travel from Kenya to the UK each week, a significant number are testing positive on Day 2.

“Nearly a third of those testing positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa”, the statement added.

“It is the UK government’s intention to maintain direct flights in light of the critical importance of ensuring trade and commercial links between the UK and Kenya.”

According to the Guardian, Kenya alongside Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines will be added to England’s so-called “red list” as of 4 am Friday 9 April.

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