Kenya resumes international flights as govt warns against unnecessary travels

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,1ST AUG 2020-Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has urged Kenyans to avoid unnecessary travel even as the country resumes international flights.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Saturday, he reiterated that Kenya is not resuming flights because cases have gone down but because we have to adopt the new normal.

“Over five months we have taught Kenyans..passengers and staff are well aware…of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport is ready for this….I appeal to port health officers to undertake the duty with respect and concern. We must find away of resuming economic activities knowing COVID is here with us,” he said.

The Health CS also noted that all airport staff have been trained on COVID-1 .to ensure they keep themselves and the public too.

He said regular disinfection of common use areas in airport will be taking place and sanitization points have been established at the airport.

“We request the airline and travelers to cooperate on online to avoid congestion in airports. MoH will continue building capacity to ensure everyone is well equipped. We have put in place stringent protocol,” he added.

His Transport counterpart James Macharia revealed that JKIA has already operated departure flights to London, Dubai, Addis, and Dakar Senegal and arrivals have been scheduled by British Airways and KLM.

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