Kenyan authorities on Tuesday suspended flights from the North of Italy due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Verona and Milan.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus Chairman and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the decision which takes effect immediately was made following Consultations with the Italian Embassy.
“Following Consultations with the Italian Embassy and stakeholders, the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus has concluded that flights from North of Italy, specifically Verona and Milan which usually has direct chartered flights to our coast be suspended effective March 3, 2020,” reads the statement.
“This part of Italy is experiencing Coronavirus incidents which could affect safety to Kenyans.”
So far, 10 U.S. states including California and New York have confirmed or presumed coronavirus cases.
Kenya has moved to restrict travel, saying those coming into the country from Italy, South Korea and Iran will also be required to self-quarantine for 14 days