Kenya could suspend flights between Nairobi and Rome to tame coronavirus infections

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia. [Photo courtesy]

The Kenyan government is mulling suspending flights between Kenya’s capital, Nairobi and Italy’s capital city Rome.

This comes in the wake of increased coronavirus infections in the northern part of Italy where Milan and Verona cities are the worst hit.

On Wednesday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that following cancellation of flights to Iran, the ministry is contemplating suspending flights between Nairobi and Rome.

“Kenya does not have direct flights to and from Iran. We are also monitoring Kenya Airways flights to Rome and Milan because as you know, Italy has been hit hard by the virus in Verona,” Mr Macharia told a joint Senate and Parliament Committee on Health.

The coronavirus death toll for Italy was at 54 on Tuesday while that of Iran ranked 79.

Italy has since ordered for the closure of universities and schools up to mid-March in order to fight the scourge.

Meanwhile, the government said that it will train police officers on coronavirus emergency procedures which include isolation.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said law enforcement officers play a crucial role in the society, therefore, the training will go a long way in solidifying Kenya’s preparedness on coronavirus.

He added that they will also rope in counties where chiefs and their subordinates will also help in the same.