The United States government on Sunday issued a high-risk alert to its citizens warning them of the increasing number of COVID-19 in Kenya.
In a statement posted on the US Embassy in Kenya’s website, the American government advised its citizens to reconsider travel to Kenya stating that the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kenya.
According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel. A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.
“Kenya has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations,” the statement read.
“COVID-19 risk in Kenya is high. If you get sick in Kenya and need medical care, resources may be limited,” the statement reads.
“Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country,” read the statement.
If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip,” further read the statement.
African countries on the Level 3 list include Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe among others.
While addressing the press during the daily COVID-19 briefing on Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced an additional 599 new Coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 26,436.
As the United States warns its citizens against travelling to Kenya, America’s caseload stood at 5 million and 161,965 deaths on Saturday, according to a tally by The New York Times.