A plane carrying passengers from India to Kenya has caused a huge uproar. The plane is reportedly set to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in what Kenyans have termed as the government’s latest show of recklessness in combating the ongoing pandemic.
The plane is expected to depart Mumbai at 1:00pm and arrive in Nairobi at 4:45pm. It was not immediately clear under which circumstances the plane will land in Kenya. This comes as the government delays blocking planes and travelers from India. India is currently experiencing the worst global virus spread.
“Flights with passengers from India are allowed to jet into the country, but buses from Nairobi can’t travel to Kisumu?” a report in the media quoted a Kenyan who was identified as Jack Were on social media.
“Indecisive CS.What is it that you are waiting for from the so called NERC (very useless committee) for you to act.Are you for real by saying that you are more concerned by cost to be incurred over the lives of Kenyans?,” a Kenyan known as Jack Fredrick said.
“Like the India case please let this be stopped before they land….which is more costly to u guys?the plane landing from that country that is recording 300k infections daily since last week,or treating the whole country??why the hell should u wait instead of stopping everything from India?” another Kenyan identified as Ouh said.
Two days ago, dozens of passengers on a flight from Delhi tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Hong Kong, despite them all testing negative before boarding.
At least 52 passengers returned positive tests after flight UK6395, operated by Indian airline Vistara, landed in Hong Kong on April 4.
They had all tested negative before the flight, as Hong Kong only allows entry to travellers who return a negative pre-flight test from a reputable lab with 72 hours of departure.
In India, amid probably the world’s gravest current outbreak, oxygen has become one of the scarcest commodities. On Wednesday, the Indian Health Ministry reported 3,293 deaths from the virus, taking the country’s toll to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began, and 357,000 new infections, breaking the global one-day record it set just days ago.