After outcry, China Southern Airlines suspends flights to Nairobi
SEE ALSO: Chinese pump Sh100m into projectsThe arrival of the plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi raised fears of the spread of the flu-like virus which has killed thousands so far. The Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, however, said there was no cause for alarm "because all precautionary measures are in place and everybody who comes into the country is screened adequately." China is the epicentre of the virus, which has infected over 80,000 people globally and killed 2,770, most of them in the Asian nation. The directive of the flight suspension by the China Southern Airlines came moments after a High Court in Nairobi temporarily suspended all flights from China. “I find that unless conservatory orders sought are granted Kenyans will continue to be exposed to the deadly disease coronavirus,” Judge James Makau ruled.
SEE ALSO: President Uhuru’s 2019 State visitsLaw Society of Kenya (LSK) had moved to court seeking orders to bar the government from allowing flights from China to land at JKIA. The High Court also ordered the State to trace and quarantine all 239 passengers who landed at JKIA on February 26 from China at a KDF facility. Kenya has no confirmed case of the flu-like virus.
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