CS Macharia: Kenya will not quarantine tourists with no COVID-19 symptoms

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Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said passengers and tourists arriving into Kenya from other countries will not be subjected to mandatory quarantine if they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19.

CS Macharia, speaking during a press briefing in Nairobi, said this is aimed at encouraging tourism in order to boost the sector which took a deep dive when the pandemic struck the country in March this year.

According to the CS, one will only be quarantine if they show such signs as body temperatures above 37.5 degree Celsius, a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and other flu-like symptoms.

CS Macharia added that in cases where there is a suspected case of the coronavirus, crew members shall be quarantined at home while those within two rows of the passenger with symptoms shall be tested.

“Where there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on the flight, the crew shall be quarantined at home. If they test negative for COVID-19, they shall be allowed to resume normal duties. Where layovers are necessary, crew members shall not be allowed to leave their hotel rooms, except in cases of emergency,” he said.

“All passengers shall be exempt from quarantine on arrival at their destinations if their body temperature is not above 37.5 37.5 degree Celsius and they do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and other flu-like symptoms. This is important because we do not expect a tourist to come from wherever, they land here and then they are quarantined for 14 days.”