Kenya Grouped with Tanzania in US Covid-19 Warning

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    Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli (left) and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta (right)
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  • The United States government has issued the highest level of a travel warning against Kenya, citing the prevalent Covid-19 situation in the country. 

    Through an updated list by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kenya received a level 4 alert and was grouped among the countries most prone to the risk of Covid-19.

    Interestingly, Kenya was grouped alongside its neighbor Tanzania which has gained global notoriety for not taking any measures against the pandemic. 

    Americans were advised to avoid Kenya and Tanzania at all cost especially during the festive season.

    Nationwide Covid-19 cases reported in October and November
    Nationwide Covid-19 cases reported in October and November
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    “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” part of the statement issued by CDC read.

    It, however, advised that those who must travel had to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.

    This announcement comes despite the regulations that have been put in place by the Kenyan government in a bid to fight the virus.

    President Kenyatta, in his recent State of the Nation Address, revised the measures lowering the curfew period as well as imposing heavy penalties on those flouting Covid-19 rules.

    All these measures were enforced to control the spike that has recently hit the country. 

    The Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe had noted that the country is experiencing a second wave and cautioned Kenyans to strictly adhere to the stated measures.

    Currently, Kenya has recorded 85,130 positive cases with 1,484 fatalities recorded since the onset of the virus in March.

    On the other hand, the Tanzanian government has been criticised for its questionable approach in the fight against the deadly virus.

    In mid-June, President Magufuli had announced that the country was 'Covid-free' thanks to the prayers of the citizens.

    Furthermore, his government stopped publishing data on the coronavirus statistics in the country.

    This prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to express concerns towards the laissez-faire approach of the Tanzanian President.

    File image of President John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania)
    File image of President John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania)
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