Kenya on high alert as new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa

“All Points of Entry must conduct rigorous screening of all arriving passengers from the affected countries, with physical proof of vaccination prior to entry into the country for all inbound travelers,” he said.

He urged all Kenyans whether vaccinated or not to continue adhering to the public health social measures including proper wearing of masks, social distancing, hand washing with soap and water and use of sanitizers.

Kenya is currently witnessing a decreased number of confirmed Covid-19 cases with 254,862 cases reported as of November 26, a total of 5,333 deaths and a case fatality rate of 2.1%.

The UK has already banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, while India has initiated Rapid Diagnostic Testing for all passengers arriving from the above-named Southern Africa countries.

It is expected that more countries will place the six  countries and any other country reporting the variant on specific restrictions including quarantine measures and flight bans.

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