Attention to US for review of travel advisories as Covid cases fall

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Attention to US for review of travel advisories as Covid cases fall


Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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Summary

  • The US Center for Disease Control downgraded Kenya to Level 3 last month due to rising cases of the disease after cases surpassed the 500 mark.
  • National Taskforce on Vaccine Deployment Chair Willis Akhwale said Kenya has made some good progress on Covid-19 so far.
  • Data from the Department of Health shows the positivity rate has steadily declined from an all-time high of 37.6 percent in December to 1.5 percent last week (this week).

Attention has shifted to the American government to review its travel advice for Kenya after Covid-19 cases fell below a hundred in the past 21 days.

The US Center for Disease Control downgraded Kenya to Level 3 last month due to rising cases of the disease after cases surpassed the 500 mark. CDC rates a country with fewer than 500 cases per day at moderate Level 2.

This category requires American citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the country or to reconsider any proposed travel to Kenya.

National Taskforce on Vaccine Deployment Chair Willis Akhwale said Kenya has made some good progress on Covid-19 so far.

“We have been seeing good progress for some time, this is a good indication that we are making good progress in fighting this pandemic,” said Dr. akhwale.

The US designation of Kenya as a high-risk Covid-19 emboldens US travelers to either cancel or indefinitely postpone their trips, but improving travel advice would boost the ailing tourism sector.

Traditionally, Kenya’s high tourist season begins in mid-July and lasts until March of the following year and is characterized by international arrivals mainly from the US, UK, Germany, Italy and France.

However, cases have fallen below 100 since February 6 based on the number of people infected reported daily by the Ministry of Health.

Data from the Department of Health shows the positivity rate has steadily declined from an all-time high of 37.6 percent in December to 1.5 percent last week (this week).

The World Health Organization classifies a country as high risk when the positivity rate rises above five percent and advises countries to consider restrictions if it stays above the limit for at least 14 days.

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