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Kenya court suspended flights from China over virus fears

Nairobi, February 28 | Kenya’s high court on Friday ordered that flights be suspended for 10 days pending another hearing and that all the passengers be rounded up and taken to a military health facility for quarantine.

The suspension ordered after an uproar over the government allowing travellers into the country without compulsory quarantine for the new coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Kenya allowed 239 passengers to alight from a China Southern flight from Guangzhou, with the health ministry merely advising those on board to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The embassy had said it was conducting checks on passengers as online anger spread over the presence of Chinese citizens wearing masks in the industrial area of Athi River just outside Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued an executive order creating an emergency response committee on coronavirus. Africa has largely remained unscathed by the virus so far, with only three confirmed cases — in Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria.

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