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UPDATE: On July 2, the health department at the Mombasa County Health docket revealed that 15 out of the students who recently arrived from Sudan, had tested positive for Covid-19.
Mombasa Health CEC Khadija Shikely confirmed that the students were being accommodated at the Kenya School of Government in Kizingo area, following the 14-day mandatory quarantine rule.
The students arrived at the Moi International Airport aboard a Kenya Airways flight on Saturday evening, June 27.
129 Kenyan students who were stranded in Sudan following the Covid-19 pandemic, were finally flown back home on Saturday evening, June 27.
Aboard a Kenya Airways flight, the students landed at the Moi International Airport, much to the delight of their families and friends.
However, the 129 were all directed to the Kenya School of Government in Kizingo area for a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
One of the students, Salim Bakari, could not hide his joy and expressed his gratitude upon touching down on home soil.
"We really appreciate those who have made our return a reality, being away from our loved ones has been quite heartbreaking," he stated.A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at the Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
President Uhuru Kenyatta had suspended international flights in March to contain the spread of the novel Covid-19, leaving several Kenyans stranded in foreign countries.
The travel restrictions were on June 6, extended by another 30 days as infections surged.
This prompted the Kenyan Students who were stuck in Sudan to send out a video in which they cried for financial assistance to help them get back home.
Having gone to further their studies on full scholarships, they confessed to lacking the funds to afford the estimated Ksh55,000 ticket back home.
The Mombasa community came together to make sure the students made it back, with Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir saying it was not easy for the students being in a foreign country during this pandemic period.
“Eighty-three students from Mombasa have safely arrived. It has been great working together to make this a success,” he remarked.
The students, who were on scholarships are from Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu counties.Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir washes his hands at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Mombasa during the launch of a sensitization campaign on April 28, 2020
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