Kenya announced that all the international flights will be suspended as from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, over the covid-19 outbreak and advised Kenyans in the diaspora to ensure they jet back into the country before they are locked out.
Since the announcement, Kenyans have been jetting in thinking that things would be smooth in their country, but apparently they were wrong.
Just like most countries, anyone who jets into Kenya is subjected to a mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility for a maximum of 14 days at their own expenses.
Some of the Government Facilities are; Kenya School of Government and Kenya Medical Training College and Kenyatta University and Nairobi University which charge about 2144 shillings per night.
Apparently, the government-designated facilities (which are more affordable) are fully packed, thus those who have not 42secured places are forced to look for hotels to quarantine in.
The Kenyans seeking refuge at hotels are forced to pay between 7000 shillings to 10,000 shillings for one night stay.
Most hotels in Nairobi where the Government has advised the Kenyans on quarantine to stay charged up to 10,644 shillings for a five-star hotel and 7,465 shillings for a three-star hotel.
The Kenyans on quarantine in Nairobi will pay up to 149,016 for those in five-star hotels and 107,030 for three-star hotels in accrual for the 14 days they will be on quarantine.
In Mombasa, the cheapest beach hotel goes at 4,265 shillings but they are fully occupied.
Other hotels are closed over Coronavirus fears thus the Kenyans seeking places to quarantine in are forced to go back to the airport and sleep on the floors.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had earlier warned the Hotels from hiking prices and asked the owners to consider the situation.
“I want to thank those hotels but ask them not to hike normal charges or no more than 25 percent of that. To expect a person who had no plans to stay at a hotel to pay normal prices is immoral,” CS Kagwe said.
Currently, Kenya has a total of 25 confirmed cases where 9 more people tested positive on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
All the patients are under isolation at Government designated facilities in Nairobi.