Kenya suspends flights from China over coronavirus

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Kenya Airways planes are seen parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s High Court on Friday ordered flights from China to be temporarily suspended over the coronavirus outbreak, following a petition by the Law Society of Kenya.

“I find that unless conservatory orders sought are granted Kenyans will continue to be exposed to the deadly disease coronavirus,” Judge James Makau said.

Kenya’s health ministry said samples from a person suspected of having the new coronavirus sent to South Africa for further tests had turned out negative.

The patient, a student in the epicenter of the outbreak in the city of Wuhan, China, has been isolated in a Nairobi hospital having arrived on Tuesday on a Kenya Airways flight from Guangzhou in southern China.

“We have temporarily suspended all flights to and from Guangzhou starting Friday until further notice,” the airline said in a statement.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared a global emergency as the virus spread to more countries.

Kenya has had no confirmed cases of the disease.

 

Chidi Nwoke.