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Coronavirus: China Southern Airlines Still Flying Into Nairobi

China Southern Airline plane inside JKIA on 10th February 2020

On February 10th 2020, after having been caught unawares trying to sneak Chinese passengers into Nairobi, the China Southern Airlines said in a statement that it had suspended flights to Kenya.

The airline prior to ‘suspension of flights’ operated four weekly direct flights (Nairobi-Changsha, and Nairobi-Guangzou) since June last year. Data from flightstats, a website that tracks the flights coming into JKIA, China Southern Airlines is still flying into Kenya.

The data if you check will tell you an aircraft from the airline landed yesterday, and also some are scheduled to land today. This explains why Kenya continues to grapple with incidences where some Chinese nationals are quarantined, suspected to have the disease. It happened in Kitui, Nakuru and Kisumu (according to a statement released by Aga Khan Hospital).

Coronavirus deaths in China have risen to 2,345, 77816 reported cases of infection, some people have been healed but the process is slow and expensive and cannot be handled successfully by poor countries.I don’t know what China has done to African leaders such that they can’t close the borders? I’d there Iman internal communication that lies to them that coronavirus is an American propaganda such that leaders aren’t closing these borders?

More on the virus

The incubation period – between infection and showing any symptoms – lasts up to 14 days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).But some researchers say it may be as long as 24 days.And Chinese scientists say some people may be infectious even before their symptoms appear.How deadly is the coronavirus?

Based on data from 44,000 patients with this coronavirus, the WHO says:

  • 81% develop mild symptoms
  • 14% develop severe symptoms
  • 5% become critically ill

The proportion dying from the disease, which has been named Covid-19 , appears low (between 1% and 2%) – but the figures are unreliable.

Kenya should get serious, the Chinese who are already here shouldn’t be allowed out, and those outside there should conduct business on skype.

My opinion on the Ksh1.8 billion for a new coronavirus hospital at Mbagathi is just a scandal loading. The money will be eaten, the money should instead be used to hire more doctors.

BELOW: Evidence from flightstats showing China Southern Airlines arrivals in Nairobi

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