As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite across the globe, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that foreign governments wanting to evacuate their nationals can do so provided that their planes come in without passengers.
In the daily press briefing at the Health ministry’s Afya House headquarters, Nairobi, on Wednesday, 15th April, the CS said that other countries were free to evacuate their citizens from Kenya, but the planes collecting them must come empty.
However, he said the government would take care of all the foreigners willing to stay and ensure that they are safe.
“If there are foreigners in Kenya and their governments want to evacuate them, we will allow them on condition that the planes come in empty. If the foreigners want to stay in Kenya, we will take care of them,” said Kagwe.
The CS noted that the country was not out of danger yet, adding that the Covid-19 figures should not deceive Kenyans about the fight against the pandemic.
“A comparative review shows that some countries that are overrun by the virus were reporting numbers like we are now. Our figures must not deceive us to drop the ball,” he said.
CS Kagwe appealed to Kenyans to strictly observe the government directives and co-operate with the security personnel in the campaign.
“I plead with all Kenyans to observe the curfew. Let’s co-operate with the security forces. I am perturbed to see a section of Kenyans not cooperating with police; it is anarchy. Kenyans must obey the laws. The curfew has many advantages, less contacts less infections.”
The number of coronavirus cases has risen to 225 after nine more patients tested positive from 803 samples examined over the last 24 hours.