Americans warned against visiting Kenya as CDC issues Level 4 alert

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The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel alert on Kenya.

On the CDC rating, a Level 4 alert indicates that Kenya’s COVID-19 cases are severely high which is why the agency asked Americans to reconsider travelling to Kenya.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya,” the alert read adding “if you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”

CDC determines the level of alert based on the number of new cases for a period of 28 days and the positivity rate as well.

Now, US nationals travelling to Kenya will be required to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before the trip – though it has been the norm – always have a facemask during the flight and maintain social distance.

Proper hand hygiene has also been emphasized.

Also, before leaving Kenya for the US, one must take a COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before travel.

Should you test positive, CDC recommends that you “delay travel, quarantine from other people, get tested, and monitor your health.”

Further, CDC warned: “If you get sick with COVID-19 or test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 while abroad, you might not be permitted to return to the United States until you can end isolation.”

The Kenyan travel advisory came a day after CDC issues a similar travel alert for Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.

Rwanda was had a Level 1 alert.               

On Wednesday, the US recorded over 200,000 new COVID-19 infections. The American agency is weary that travelers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi could spur the rate of COVID-19 infections.

Kenya is currently on battling a second wave of the virus with the 85,130 cases having been recorded so far.

There are 1,484 recorded deaths in Kenya. Worldwide, there are 272,000 COVID-19 deaths.