Flights to India to continue, Kenya Airways says

KQ plane. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya will not stop flights to and from India amid a deadly surge in Covid-19 cases reported in New Delhi and Mumbai cities.

In a statement on Wednesday, Kenya Airways (KQ) said that flights will continue amid strict precautions.

All passengers en route to Kenya will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test before boarding the plane.

“Passengers are only accepted on KQ flights upon presenting a valid Covid-19 test result certificate,” said KQ in the statement.

The second wave of coronavirus in India has been deadly with more than 201,000 people reportedly dead by now.

Daily infections are also past the 200,000 mark. Cremation centres are already full as families struggle to get oxygen for those infected which is in short supply at the moment.

Hitherto, India has recorded 18 million Covid-19 cases since March 2020 when the first few cases were reported.

Hospitals are overwhelmed and Covid-19 patients are being turned away.

Kenyans have expressed their reservation with the government allowance of flights to and from India in light of the country’s high rate of infections.

A flight from Mumbai is expected at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on April 30, much to the protest of Kenyans.

Last week, Kenyan High Commission in India asked 900 Kenyan citizens in the country to furnish the mission with detailed information about themselves.