- Saudi Arabia has banned travels to 12 countries including Kenya.
- So far over 45 people in Saudi Arabia have been infected with the virus.
- Major events in Saudi Arabia including Umrah Pilgrimage have been suspended following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
- Millions of Kenyans who work and stay in Saudi Arabia are among those who will not be able to travel back home following flight suspension.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday banned travels of its citizens to 12 countries around the world . This is a precaution measure against the spread of Coronavirus.
But what surprised many is the inclusion of Kenya a country that is yet to record any Coronavirus incident. Kenya was not the only East African country to be affected by the ban, Sudan, Somalia and the neighboring Ethiopia will not receive flights from Saudi Arabia.
The ban restricts the flights from Saudi Arabia flying to 12 countries. These countries are ; Switzerland, Sir Lanka, India, The Philippines, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya.
The Kingdom announced the ban through the Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the COVID-19 last week and it has spread widely with the current figures standing at 45 people. Major cities where the confirmed cases came from have been locked down.
Earlier on the Saudi Arabia Kingdom had already banned travel to some 19 countries; these countries were Egypt, South Korea Italy, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Syria.
With these new changes the fate of many Kenyans who stay and work in Middle East is at stake.
The Kingdom has also suspended the Umrah pilgrimage, closed schools and cinemas, cancelled conferences and sporting events as preventive measure against the spread of the Coronavirus.
So far there is no confirmed cases in the Kenya. The ministry of health has stated that the country is ready to deal with any Coronavirus incident should it arise.