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COVID-19: Sierra Leone turns away 4 Japanese onboard KQ

Sierra Leone has not reported any case of coronavirus.

In Summary

• However, the Kenya national carrier said that all the passengers were screened and cleared to travel to their final destination including Freetown.

• KQ management added that the four landed in JKIA and were screened upon arrival and no case of the virus was detected.

Kenya Airways plane at JKIA.
Kenya Airways plane at JKIA.
Image: FILE

The Sierra Leone Civil Aviation denied four Japanese tourists access to Free Town International Airport using the Kenya Airways flight.

One of the four Japanese on board had been suspected to be infected after displaying signs of coronavirus.

The KQ flight had originated from the Robert International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia and the four were touring the country.

 
 

The Station Manager of Kenya Airways in Freetown alerted the authority about the situation of the Japanese.

Upon touching down, other passengers apart from the Japanese nationals were allowed to disembark and quarantined in accordance with the health precautionary measures of Sierra Leone.

However, the Kenya national carrier said that all the passengers were screened and cleared to travel to their final destination including Freetown.

KQ management added that the four landed in JKIA and were screened upon arrival and no case of the virus was detected.

"On arrival in Nairobi, further screening was conducted by Port Health authorities at JKIA where they were cleared to travel," KQ statement reads.

The four have been put on their onward flight to return to their home country.

Sierra Leone assured its citizens that it is committed to preventing the virus from entering the country.

Sierra Leone has not reported any case of coronavirus.

35 African countries have confirmed cases of the COVID-19 , Mauritius being the latest.

620 cases have been reported in Africa with 16 deaths. Egypt is the leading country in Africa with COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, March 18, Egypt had 210 cases followed by South Africa which has 116 cases.

Kenya has 7 confirmed cases and the first case was confirmed by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on March 13, 2020.