High Court Suspends All Non-Essential Flights From China

The High Court has issued an order suspending all non-essential flights from China to Kenya for the next 10 days over the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The Law Society of Kenya had on Friday, 28th February, filed a suit and Justice James Makau issued the order suspending all direct flights from China to Kenya, pending the hearing and determination of the case.

The court also ordered all the 239 passengers who were aboard the China Southern Airlines plane, which landed at JKIA, Nairobi, on Wednesday morning, to be quarantined at a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) facility.

Doctors Joseph Mithika Mwenda and Thiakunu Mwirabua had also moved to court to block the government from allowing entry of any passengers from China or any country designated as a hotspot of the outbreak of COVID-19.

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This order comes two days after the passengers were cleared to enter the country, with the government saying that they had been screened onboard, cleared, and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

In an Executive Order issued on Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that the national isolation and treatment facility at Mbagathi Hospital be completed within seven days.

He said that the identification and preparation of isolation and treatment facilities in Level Five and referral hospitals across the country be concluded by 15th March.

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