Kenya Hiagh Court reacts as China Southern Airlines suspends flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi

China Southern Airlines plane. Image|Courtesy

The high court has suspended flights from China from landing in Kenya as the Coronavirus continues to spread across continents.

This comes after the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and two doctors sued the cabinet secretaries for health, interior, and transport, the Attorney General and the Kenya Airports Authority. The LSK suit wanted the China Southern Airlines Company prevented from transporting passengers from coronavirus hotspots to Kenya.

In the second suit, Dr Joseph Mithika and Dr Thiakanu Cyprian Mwirabua argued that unless the High court issues conservatory orders, the state will continue to allow more flights from China into the country hence putting lives of citizens a risk.

The verdict is a relief for many Kenyans who have expressed their disbelief regarding a China Southern Airlines plane that landed at JKIA with 239 Chinese on board. The Kenyan government cleared the nationals and asked them to self-quarantine themselves, a move that made Kenyans angry.

There has been a public outcry on news media and social media platforms about the government not being serious about the danger that the Coronavirus poses.

Speaking for the first time after the Coronavirus outbreak that has claimed 2700 lives already and infected thousands worldwide, President Uhuru Kenyatta has formed a task force to deal with the Coronavirus in case it occurs in Kenya. He ordered that isolation facility be set up at Mbagathi Hospital in a period of one week.

Meanwhile, China Southern Airlines has suspended flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi Kenya, reports the Chinese Embassy in Kenya.

China Embassy in Kenya posted the message on its social media page on Friday, moments after the public outcry over coronavirus outbreak.

“On February 28 2020, due to the decreasing volume of passengers’ flow, China Southern Airlines has made necessary adjustments by suspending flights connecting Guangzhou, Changsha and Nairobi until further notice,” read part of the message.

 

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