‘Do not travel to Kenya,’ US gov’t warns its citizens over COVID-19 risk


'Do not travel to Kenya,' US gov't warns its citizens over COVID-19 risk
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The United States government has issued a travel advisory asking it’s citizens not to travel to Kenya due to increased risk of COVID-19.

This is after the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once again assigned Kenya a Level 4 alert, which is their highest risk assessment level for COVID-19.

A Level 4 alert means that American citizens should avoid all travel to the country because there are very high chances of contracting COVID-19.

In the alert, the US agency notes that international flights and businesses are still operating in Kenya albeit restricted.

“Do not travel to Kenya due to COVID-19… International flights are still operating, though limited. Internal flights are restricted, and road and rail transportation are limited geographically and by curfew. Most businesses are operating, but with significant restrictions on the dining and entertainment sector,” reads the alert.

According to data from the World Health Organization, the US has so far recorded over 30 million COVID-19 cases with more than 500,000 having succumbed to the disease. Meanwhile in Kenya the caseload stands at 141,365 with cumulative fatalities being  2,276.

US citizens in Kenya not to travel to the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism as well as areas of Turkana County due to crime.

The US government further warned its citizens to “reconsider travel to Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime.”

In December last the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had also assigned Kenya a Level 4 alert.

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