Kenya Issues New Transport Guidelines to Control Coronavirus

  • Macharia added, "we shall also provide a Nairobi Commuter Rail Service train that will link the Nairobi SGR Terminus to the Nairobi CBD."
  • Minister Macharia has reiterated President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive that air travel will resume on July 15.
  • Worship services will now be open from Tuesday, July 14 under strict conditions to protect believers against coronavirus.

There will be no need for compulsory isolation for travelers and tourists arriving in Kenya if they show no signs of COVID-19 syndrome, according to a government announcement. Transport Minister James Macharia said yesterday that Madaraka Express passenger services will resume on Monday.

“All passengers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival from their destinations if their body temperature is not above 37.5 degrees and if they do not have a persistent cough, have no respiratory problems, and do not show any other flu symptoms. given and kept in quarantine for 14 days.”

James Wainaina Macharia is a Kenyan accountant who was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Cabinet Secretary for transport in August 2018.

Macharia added, “we shall also provide a Nairobi Commuter Rail Service train that will link the Nairobi SGR Terminus to the Nairobi CBD.”

To strengthen safety measures to combat COVID-19, Minister Macharia said airports across the country would only be allowed to staff and travelers unless the traveler needed special services. “The new regulations also include measures to reduce the interaction between flight attendants and passengers, security officers and passengers and flight attendants and passenger luggage at the airport.”

Mr. Macharia said that the purpose of the measures taken was to encourage tourists to revitalize the sector that has been negatively affected by this period of coronavirus. The transport minister has also announced that the speeding service, “Madadi Express,” will resume transport on Monday for trips to the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa once a day.

“The train service will have 10 passengers per passenger capable of carrying 600 passengers at once,” which is equivalent to 50 percent of the total freight rate, “and one passenger will be allocated to persons suspected of contracting COVID- 19,” the minister said.

Minister Macharia said that in the case of a suspected coronavirus case, flight attendants would be quarantined at home while those on two passenger lines suspected of having symptoms of coronavirus would be tested. “In the absence of anyone suspected of having COVID-19 disease on the plane, flight attendants will be quarantined at home and will not be allowed to leave their rooms except in case of emergency,” the minister said.

The COVID-19 pandemic reached Kenya in March 2020 with the initial cases reported in the capital city Nairobi and in the coastal area Mombasa county. As of July 8, there were 7,886 confirmed cases and 160 deaths from COVID-19.

Minister Macharia has reiterated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that air travel will resume on July 15, adding that so far only five aircraft have met these requirements.

Churches and Mosques to be Opened July 14

Worship services will now be open from Tuesday, July 14 under strict conditions to protect believers against coronavirus infection. Making the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference in the House of Commons in Nairobi, the chairman of the Council of Religious Leaders on COVID-19, Archbishop Anthony Lawyer, said it would be the responsibility of the heads of the respective churches to ensure that the terms were adhered to by the believers.

“The opening of these places of worship will be conducted in four phases depending on the nature of the infection and the conditions laid down,” said Archbishop Lawyer, head of the Catholic Church in Nyeri. He reiterated that in this first phase, only 100 believers will be allowed in each worship service. Similarly, children under the age of 13, and those over 58 will not be permitted to attend such services.

“As President Kenyatta said yesterday (Monday) it will be the duty of each of us as religious leaders, believers, and the general public to comply with the requirements set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health,” said Archbishop Lawyer, who had accompanied other members of the council.

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