400 Chinese to flee Nairobi for home over coronavirus fears

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Some 400 Chinese nationals are preparing to leave the country this coming week over fears of Covid-19.

The Chinese have obtained an order from a High Court in Nairobi directing the Kenya government to allow them to leave on June 16, arguing that Kenya’s health system does not have the capacity to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Justice Weldon Korir issued the orders after the Chinese sought special permission to allow evacuation flights to take them home.

They argued that Kenya’s health system cannot handle huge infection numbers in the event that the pandemic spreads rapidly in the country.

Mr Isaac Okinyo, their lawyer, told the Nation that everything is now in place and that his clients are only awaiting approval to travel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They say they have a better chance of treatment in China, as Kenya does not have enough health facilities and equipment to manage coronavirus patients.