Should Kenya be in Red List, UK Debate
The British Parliament has yesterday raised concerns over the exclusion of Kenyan travelers from the list of countries to be put on mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
In an earlier development, the UK had stated that it would detain travelers in 33 countries perceived to be high-risk countries for ten days from February 15 before being allowed in.
However, some countries like France, Denmark, Austria, Greece, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, The United States, and Kenya were missing in the ‘red list,’ raising questions.
According to the regulations, travelers from countries not on the list are to quarantine themselves in their houses, which might increase the chances of mutation spreading.
“The government’s plans around quarantine are in disarray. Not only do they fail to go far enough – leaving open the door to potential vaccine-resistant strains, but they also can’t implement the half-baked plans that have been announced,” an international daily quoted Thomas Symonds.
The country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in February stated that the government will still let people from high-risk countries jet in the country but be taken directly to quarantine from the airport.
Quarantined passengers will be subjected to settle their isolation hotel bills, amounting to Ksh200 000 for the stay.