Kenya Airways Finally Suspends Flights to China Over Coronavirus

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Coronavirus outbreak in China has been spreading faster across the world, claiming more lives in such a short period of time. China confirmed human-to-human transmission as the main causative for the fast spread with the number soaring quickly. World Health Organisation is now considering an international public health emergency over the outbreak.

Kenya Airways operates non-stop flights twice a week to China’s third-largest city and a key hub of the country’s southern region pointing out the high risk of an outbreak in the country hence necessitating the need to prevent the virus from setting foot in Kenya. The Nairobi- Guangzhou route is one of KQ’s most lucrative, fetching about Sh14.9 million on a round trip. Following the case of a student who jetted into the country and was suspected to be infected, but was put in isolation at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenyans were worried about the virus outbreak. Kenya Airways has responded to the worries by suspending its flights to China temporarily.

“Further to prior communication regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak, we have temporarily suspended all flights to and from Guangzhou starting Friday 31st January, until further notice. We, however, clarify that our flights between Nairobi and Bangkok remain open.

“Our consultation with Ministry o health and Foreign affairs will continue and will provide updates as the situation develops. We apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience and reaffirms that the safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority,” read the official statement.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the signs and symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days. Health experts note that most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own and but one should seek care early