Kenyans unhappy with extension of quarantine period

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH APRIL,2020-Kenyans and foreigners who have been in quarantine centres where positive Covid-19 cases have been confirmed will now have to extend their stay by 14 days, the Ministry of Health has ordered.

The directive from the acting Director-General for Health Patrick Amoth to the heads of directorates and all quarantine site in charge states that the extension was informed by the fact that some of those quarantined in the same the facility had tested positive and have since been transferred to the designated isolation centres.

Most of the positive cases in the country have been reported in quarantined centres.

“It has been brought to my attention that some of those quarantined in the same facility have tested positive for Covid-19. This is effect changes their status from quarantined from travel to contacts of positive Covid-19 patients,” said Dr Amoth.

The government had earlier announced 14-day mandatory quarantine in selected hotels and government facilities for all Kenyans arriving from abroad at their own cost as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The extension of the days has not been positively received by some of the people who have been in quarantine. They claimed that the government was treating them like prisoners.

Ms Euphine, who came from abroad and has been quarantined at KMTC, said that she was not willing to stay any longer at the centre after the expiry of the initial recommended 14 days. She has two days left to be in quarantine.

“It is not our fault that some of us got infected at the centre but at Kenya Medical Training College, people are socialising normally as if nothing is happening in the country. We share washrooms. How do you expect us to keep distance yet we use the same lifts and dine in the same hall,” she said.

The government expects up to 2,000 people will be placed under mandatory quarantine and has issued guidelines on their handling and living conditions.

The individuals will be quarantined for 14 days in selected hotels and government facilities as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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