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COVID-19; Kenya Angered By UK Travel Ban, Imposes New Protocols Targeting Britain

Kenya has hit back at the UK, a day after London imposed travel bans for anyone who has been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days.

The British government banned international arrivals from four countries — Kenya, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines starting April 4— amid concerns over new virus variants but opted against including European nations that are facing a resurgence of the virus.

In a statement Saturday evening, the ministry of foreign affairs noted that the move by 10 Downing Street will have deep and far-reaching consequences especially on trade, travel, tourism and security cooperation between the two sides.

MFA said anyone arriving from the UK or transiting through airports there will have to undergo mandatory 14-days quarantine in government-designated centres at their own cost, with two tests-on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine.

“While in isolation, they will be subject to take two PCR COVID-19 tests. on Day 2 amd day 8 of their quarantine, at their own cost,” a statement from the ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

“The decision is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that the United Kingdom and Kenya enjoy a strong and long-lasting relationship embedded in a strategic partnership that has multiple dimensions including health, education, security, travel, trade, and people-to-people relations.” Kenya’s MFA noted.

Kenya said it was surprised at the decision by the UK to add it on the red list, despite eforts in place to manage COVID-19.

The Ministry of Foreign affairs was categorial that the decision was motivated by what it termed as a ‘discriminatory policy’ against certain countries and peoples.

“Kenya’s performance in managing, combating and containing the spread of COVID-19 has been singled out and lauded by many partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO) as being exemplary and worthy of recognition and support. The third wave that Kenya is currently managing with stringent COVID-19 protocols and restrictions is an example of the sacrifice that Kenyans are willing to make to ensure that this disease does not spread in Kenya or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Kenya remains a responsible actor, nationally, regionally and globally,” the statement said.

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