COVID-19: International flights, prison visits ban extended

Patients being screened at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport./COURTESY

The government has increased the two weeks international flights suspension ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 25th March, 2020, by 30 days.

While addressing the media on Sunday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia also said that countries wishing to evacuate their citizens will have to give the government 72 hours notice.

“This suspension will not however apply to those flights that are coming in to evacuate foreign nationals from the country. It also exempts cargo flights that are coming in to the country to deliver goods. They must not, however, have passengers on board,” said CS Macharia.

The CS said a Kenya Airways flight will be flying to China on Wednesday to collect key equipment/ medical equipment to help in the interventions put in place.

Matatus and boda-bodas

The Transport CS warned matatu and boda-boda operators to adhere to the set directives or have their Sacco licenses suspended.

“To this end, we have observed that the set of directives are not strictly adhered to. For example most matatus are still overloading hence not observing social distances. They are also not observing standards of hygiene,” said CS Macharia.

Offenders will also be charged in a court of law in line with the Public Health Act.

The government has also directed visits to prison to remain suspended for another 30 days.