UK demands President Uhuru Covid test before London trip.
The UK will demand a high-level Covid-19 test from President Uhuru Kenyatta and his team before entering London today following the release of a ban on Kenyan travelers.
The Kenyan delegation will be forced to take a Polymerase [PCR] response – the highest of the three main Covid-19 tests that indicate a person has the virus very early in his or her disease.
The UK wants to ensure the safety of its Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Royal Family who will be in contact with Kenyan officials during the three-day trip.
The trip, President Kenyatta’s first in Britain for 18 months, comes just days after London placed Kenya on the ‘Red List’ of England amid concerns over the spread of the new Covid-19 range.
Travelers arriving in the UK from the Red List countries are denied entry, while returning British must make a mandatory 10-day warranty at the hotel.
Mr Kenyatta is expected to sign a number of economic and security agreements on the basis of Kenya’s trade agreement with Britain in December to ensure uninterrupted trade flows between the two countries after Britain withdraws from European Union trade agreements.
“All the delegates underwent a PCR test. They have been pardoned by quarantine such as the G7 earlier this year, and other major diplomatic events and meetings you have seen in other parts of Europe as well, “a senior British official told Business Daily.
He added that the test was mandatory for all members of the Kenyan delegation, including the chairman, before the trip to the UK.
The UK travel ban has added weight to the decision of more than 50 countries to deny Kenyans in the world race to protect nations from a new strain of coronavirus.
In May, Kenya lifted a flight ban between Nairobi and London and reduced restrictions imposed on retaliation for the red list.
The UK has divided the country into a Green, Amber and Red list, each with different restrictions on arrivals. A British citizen traveling from the green list is not required to obtain mandatory quarantine.
The UK states its decision, and the latest update, which arrived in mid-July, is based on scientific evidence on the serious and contagious cases of Covid-19.
The fast-moving Cavid-19 Delta dialect, first identified in India, is well-known in western Kenya, where it was first discovered in the country.
The government has imposed travel restrictions on the area in an attempt to prevent the dialect from spreading across the country.
Many countries are preparing to approve unrestricted travel plans for people who have had both jabs.
About 1.67 million people have been vaccinated so far in Kenya, of which 625,680 have received their second test.
The government expects to receive 13 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from August and aims to vaccinate more than 10 million people by the end of December and all 26 million adults by the end of 2022.
Kenya had 197,959 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,872 deaths, and the optimism rate is 13.5%.
The UK move has dealt with another major blow to tourism not only in Kenya but across the continent.
With several Middle Eastern and African countries on the Red List, Nairobi was the last major airport to connect flights to the UK.
The UK is one of Kenya’s most important trading partners, capturing most of its sales of tea, chopped flowers and fresh vegetables. In 2019, it represented the fourth number of arrivals through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with 181,400 visitors.
In return, it distributes machinery, vehicles, medicine and electronics. Traders feared Brexit could jeopardize trade relations between the two countries, shutting down the main source of complex currency, investment and employment for the former British colony.
The December agreement provided Kenyan goods free of charge and free preferences for the UK.
In addition to meeting with Prime Minister Johnson for talks during his tenure, President Kenyatta will jointly announce major investment in the Fourth Big projects on affordable housing, manufacturing and health co-operation, ”said a joint press release announcing the visit to the UK.
The United Kingdom was keen to emphasize that it was prioritizing its relations with the former colonies, as well as Kenya and Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and the most populous nation.
In addition to the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Bulgaria and Singapore are high on the list of countries that have banned or imposed restrictions on drug owners. Kenyan passports. The others are Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Chile, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Cameroon, which Henley & Partner lists as the only African country to impose sanctions on Kenya.
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