Kenyan on mandatory quarantine reveals what she is going through

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Mar 25th 2020 at 11:10
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A Kenyan who jetted back into the country has revealed what she is going through after the government stated that they will be placed on mandatory quarantine.

Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Tabitha Icuga, who is 34 weeks pregnant, said she landed at JKIA at 8pm on Monday and met a large group of people waiting for clearance.

“We were more than 200 people in one place waiting to be cleared and there was no clear direction on where we were supposed to go.

“There was no direction on what high-risk people (expectant and the elderly) should do,” she said.

Further Icuga stated that officials at the airport said they had been given orders to ensure all those who jetted in were put on mandatory quarantine.

She said she was not aware of the new measures that had been put in place at the airport and she thought she would go to her apartment and self-quarantine.

“I had already done the shopping…bought diapers, milk. I even instructed someone to clean the apartment so that by the time I got home I could stay there for 14 days.

“I was forced to go to a hotel after staying at the airport for close to 8hours (3am),”she revealed.

Asked about the quarantine set-up and whether social distancing was being observed, Icuga said that was not the case as meals were served in a common area.

“It is not quarantine really because breakfast is served in a common area and today (Tuesday) we received more guests.

“That means in the morning we will have to share the same spoons that were used during breakfast,” she revealed.

Icuga said no doctor has examined them so far, saying there is no contact person.

“We have not been examined since we landed. The kids are just here. We were dumped here…It is like normal hotel business,” she said.

Icuga asked the government to look out for all Kenyans saying people who are at a higher risk of contracting Coronavirus should be looked after properly.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday stated that no international flights will land or take off from Kenya effective today (Wednesday) midnight, with the exception of cargo flights whose crew must adhere to strict guidelines and will be limited to three people.

Kagwe said Kenyan citizens and foreigners with permanent residence permits will undergo a mandatory self-quarantine at their own costs.

“Those coming into the country will undergo mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense,” he said.

Kenyans who will not have arrived in the country by today have been advised to stay put wherever they are and adhere to guidelines of the residential country.

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