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Emirates Suspends Flights to Nairobi due to Surging Coronavirus cases

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Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has temporarily suspended all air transport services with inbound and transit passenger movements from Kenya for 48 hours starting on Monday at 10.30am.

In a directive issued on Monday, DCAA said customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights in Nairobi during this time.

Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to Nairobi remain unaffected.

Kenya has seen a resurgence of the coronavirus with a rapid increase in the number of cases since the highly infectious variant of Omicron was confirmed last week.

About 1,372 people have tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample of 5,635 tested in the past 48 hours. The positivity rate is now 24.4%, the highest rate recorded since March at the height of the third wave.

The total number of confirmed positive cases is 263,707 with 5,353 deaths on Sunday.

Some 8.86 million Kenyans have so far received vaccines. Of these, 5.29 million are partially vaccinated, 3.57 million fully vaccinated.

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