Kenya Among 3 More Countries Added to UK’s Red List Travel Ban

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Four more countries – Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines – have been added to the UK’s ‘red list’ countries in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

In a statement issued on Friday, the UK commission said visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England.

“British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights arriving from these countries will be required to quarantine in a Government-approved facility for 10 days,” the statement reads.

If you arrive in the UK from these places before 4am Friday 9 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

According to the UK, some travellers from Kenya have tested positive for the South African variant.

“Of the average of 550 people that travel from Kenya to the UK each week, a significant number are testing positive on Day 2. Nearly a third of those positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa,” the update said. 

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Other countries on the list include

Angola

Argentina

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Eswatini

Ethiopia

French Guiana

Guyana

Lesotho

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Oman

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Qatar

Rwanda

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Suriname

Tanzania

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health Kenya has recorded 984 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 5,318 bringing a caseload to 135,042 with the positivity rate at 18.5%.