Kenyans have blasted Transport CS, James Macharia for directing that arriving patients from abroad will not be subject to quarantine.
While issuing the new transport directives, the CS for Transport said that patients coming into Kenya from abroad will not be quarantined.
No quarantine, just screening
He said that they would instead screen people for their temperatures. Those whose temperatures measure 37.5 degrees would go through.
He stated that it made no sense to quarantine tourists for fourteen days.
Furthermore, Macharia said that planes would carry more passengers, as opposed to fewer passengers so as to enforce social distancing.
This, he said, was due to the fact that carrying fewer passengers (less than 75% capacity) would result in loses for the national carrier, Kenya Airways.
The news comes at a time when the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya have been linked to asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
President Kenyatta opened up the Kenya airspace on Saturday, though international flights will not fly in until August.
James Macharia’s directive did not sit well with Kenyans. Many did not understand the logic of not quarantining foreigners. It comes in the face of worsening figures due to asymptomatic carriers.
James Macharia also put himself at crossroads with Kenyans during the early days of the pandemic after labelling a KQ employee a criminal for exposing poor check-up measure at the airport.
Ali Gire, a worker at Jomo Kenyatta airport revealed through video of how the airport received a flight from China bearing over 200 people. It was during the time when China was still the epicentre of the illness.
Furthermore, no one was checking the arrivals. Instead, the government asked them to self-quarantine.
For many Kenyans, then, the recent directive by CS Macharia is the same scenario playing itself over again.
At the moment, foreign countries are banning Kenyans from travelling there due to our rising infections.
Transport CS James Macharia has announced that passengers arriving in Kenya from other countries won't be subjected to mandatory quarantine if they don't exhibit flu symptoms. They was calling Magufuli Crazy. Now they're copy Pasting him. Who is crazy now?😂😂😂
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) July 8, 2020
Chief cartel CS James Macharia would rather subject PSVs to bureaucratic process but allow flu importers into the country with his non-caring attitude. This is the same fool who defended suspension of Gire Ali. If this is the case, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe should spare motorists! pic.twitter.com/LG59vCl4Mi
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@o_abuga) July 8, 2020
— Hon Obaricks Erick (@ObaricksE) July 8, 2020
Transport CS James Macharia, the ministry of interior, @MOH_Kenya Kenya just sold us to #covid19kenya ,
I understand that there will be no quarantine for foreigners if they do not show any sign of flu,,,,, Billions za Corona ziliisha yani???
May God help us.
— Samwel Kariuki AGR. (@Sir_Me001) July 8, 2020