Chinese nationals entering Kenya are required to self-isolate themselves for a period of no less than 15 days as part of fight against the new coronavirus, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng announced Thursday.
Mr Peng, who was speaking at a forum with Kenyan editors, said Kenyan students are safe in China adding that his government has the capacity and resources to manage the public health emergency effectively.
KENYANS IN WUHAN
“I fully understand the concerns and fears of families of Kenyans living or studying in China, especially in Wuhan city. I wish to stress that, foreign nationals including Kenyan are safe in China,” he said.
Last week, the association of Kenyan students studying in Wuhan asked the government to evacuate them stating that they were quickly running out of supplies and facing psychological torture.
“…There is no end in sight. The mental anguish that comes with staying in a place ravished by a deadly virus is hard to explain. I just want to come home,” one of them said.
“My supply of basic needs is running low. Although I can buy them, the prices of most of these items have almost doubled. Recently, I bought two cabbages at 25 RMB (approx. Sh400).
“Ordinarily, both would not have cost me more than 8 RMB! Now imagine the cost accrued due to buying them in bulk, including other more expensive food items such as rice, potatoes and tomatoes whose prices have also hit the roof. In one shopping recently, I spent 245 RMB (about Sh3,500) for food items that would barely last four days,” one of the students told the Saturday Nation.
On Thursday Mr Peng said that his government will provide good medical care, daily supplies and logistical support for the foreigners.
“All universities in China have taken strict measures to keep campuses far away from the epidemic. No cases of infection among Kenyans in China has been reported so far,” he said.
Mr Peng said that it is wise, safe, and right for the students to stay in Wuhan and China for a while.
“The safest way for foreign nationals in Wuhan is to stay put and ensure effective self-protection. The hasty movement will only add more uncertainties. Some confirmed cases have been detected among some foreign evacuees, which increases the risk of further spread,” he added.