- "As our last flight departs JFK today, we are offering one-way complimentary tickets to Nairobi, to Kenyan citizens in urgent need," the airline tweeted on Tuesday.
- On Tuesday, Health Minister Kagwe announced nine new cases of infection and made the number of Covid-19 patients 25 in the country.
- Fear is rampant in Siaya County after a Catholic priest who interacted with residents for several days was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has issued free tickets to Kenyans who want to travel from New York City to Nairobi the day before the government begins enforcing the ban on foreign airlines. In a message on its Twitter account, the agency has confirmed that all Kenyans will be screened for coronavirus infection upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi.
Kenyans will also be forced to separate themselves from the state-approved restaurants, according to instructions issued by Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday evening. “As our last flight departs JFK today, we are offering one-way complimentary tickets to Nairobi, to Kenyan citizens in urgent need,” the airline tweeted on Tuesday. “All passengers will be subjected to entry/screening procedures instituted by the MOH.”
The agency’s announcement is a relief for Kenyans who were planning to return home, as it would save them a fare of Sh98,825 ($928.91). On Wednesday, Kenya Airways is expected to “temporarily” suspend international flights as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
This is after it was revealed that all the first 16 people diagnosed with the virus are foreign nationals and Kenyans who have come to the country from foreign countries where Covid-19 cases have been reported. On Tuesday, Kagwe announced nine new cases of infection and made the number of Covid-19 patients 25 in the country.
Catholic Priest Spreading Coronavirus
Fear is rampant in Siaya County after a Catholic priest who interacted with residents for several days was diagnosed with coronavirus. The priest had returned from Italy, where the coronavirus epidemic had abated. Yesterday, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that the priest was one of eight people confirmed to be ill on Sunday.
More than 100 priests and about 30 nuns who received the sacrament from the priest during the Sunday worship service are now living in fear that he might have infected them the coronavirus. Concerns have also arisen in the Ambira area, where the priest presided at a funeral service on March 14, then went to rest with a fellow priest.
Minister Kagwe confirmed that the priest was admitted to Mbag Hospital in Nairobi. In Uasin Gishu County, seven councilors have resigned after returning to the country on March 15 from a professional tour in Dubai. According to Uasin Gishu Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat, eight other councilors had already been separated for 14 days and then joined their families after being identified had not been contacted coronavirus.
Some councilors in Kilifi County have also been forced to withdraw after interacting with deputy governor Gideon Saburi, who suffers from coronavirus. Yesterday, a coronavirus-fighting squad in Narok County forced a 59-year-old woman to escape from Narok Referral Hospital. The woman returned to Sweden recently.
According to Narok County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti, the government is searching for the members of the church he attended and his family who met him when he arrived from Sweden. Believers who joined him during last Sunday’s worship service are also wanted in an effort to prevent further infections.