President Uhuru Kenyatta has pleaded with the Ethiopian Airlines to consider halting direct flights to China to help stop a possible spread of the coronavirus that has spread in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States.
The President said the spread of the virus portends danger to Africa but Kenya in particular because of its weak health management systems.
“Our worry as a country is not that China cannot manage the disease. Our biggest worry is diseased coming into areas with weaker health systems like ours,” President Kenyatta said.
He was addressing an American think-tank specializing in the transAtlantic alliance, The Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
The President was reacting to an announcement by the airline that it will continue flying to China, serving its five destinations of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong with the usual demand and supply adjustment despite the risk brought about by the virus.