A flight carrying 239 passengers from China has landed in Kenyan capital Nairobi, N.Rs learnt
Kenya had suspended direct flights from China two weeks ago, to check the spread of the novel coronavirus that emanated in Wuhan, a city in central China.
The China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Nairobi is the first to land after the suspension.
All the passengers were screened on board to check for any signs that they were carrying the deadly virus, the BBC reported.
More than 80,000 people in more than 40 countries have been infected with the virus and more than 2,700 people have died.
After the flight landed, several Kenyans took to social media to criticise the move.
On Tuesday, Algeria became only the second African country to confirm a case of coronavirus after Egypt.
No cases have yet been reported in sub-Saharan Africa.
…where he allegedly escaped as an inmate
Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko will be spending two more days in prison after being arraigned before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti following his arrest on Friday December 6.
The Kenyan Governor who pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges of money laundering, receiving bribes and conflict of interest in court was arrested alongside his associates over the misappropriation of 357 million Kenyan shillings ($3.5m).
It was further learnt that his bank details and several dates on which money was wired in from contractors who had won tenders in the city county were read out by prosecutors in court.
Sonko who was sent back to Shimo la Tewa Prison where he allegedly escaped as an inmate, begged to released on bail as he was in need of medical treatment after sustaining injuries during his dramatic arrest on Friday.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) however opposed Sonko’s bail applications, pointing out that he once escaped from prison. The prosecutors also asked for Sonko to be barred from accessing his office if indeed he is granted bail. Chief Magistrate Ogoti is expected to rule on the matter on Wednesday December 11.