The US has reissued its travel advisory on Kenya, urging its citizens not to travel to the country due to an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.
Kenya is struggling with a fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the past few weeks. Hospitals are currently strained, shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorised vaccine,” read a statement in part from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The ‘level 3’ travel advisory further said, “Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.”
In addition, US citizens have been cautioned from travelling to the Kenya-Somalia border over the terrorism risk.
Moreover, they have been urged to be careful, especially at night, when travelling to Nairobi’s Kibera and Eastleigh due to increased kidnappings and crime rates.
“Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings,” the statement adds.
Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said the country’s confirmed positive COVID-19 cases hit 215,730 after 1,974 new infections were recorded from a sample size of 13,407.
The new infections posted a 14.7 per cent positivity rate.
Kenya has tested 2,218,566 since the first case was announced in March 2021.
Only 2.6 per cent of Kenyan adults are fully inoculated, according to the health ministry.