Kenya exceeded the 20,000 confirmed Covid-19 case threshold after reporting 723 new cases on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.
The total number of confirmed cases is now at least 20,636 confirmed cases and at least 341 people have died from the virus.
The historic point comes on the eve of the reopening of international travel to and from the country. Kenya will start welcoming international travelers on August 1st after months of grounded flights.
Travelers will be required to obtain a Covid-19 negative certificate up to 96 hours prior to travel and undergo a 14-day quarantine, according to the Kenyan Ministry of Transportation.
Passengers from 19 countries that are considered by the Kenyan government to be a low to medium risk for Covid-19 transmission will be exempted from mandatory quarantine, provided a passenger’s temperature is below 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and they do not have a persistent cough or other flu symptoms, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport on Friday.
“Those required to quarantine will do so at the Government-designated facility in their home subject to prevailing instructions,” the statement said.
Countries exempt from mandatory quarantine are: Canada, China, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Morocco, Japan, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Italy, and United States (except California, Texas, etc. and Florida).
The list of countries exempted from mandatory quarantine will be reviewed daily, according to the Ministry of Transport.
“Each country’s risk profile may change and therefore the status in relation to these clarifications and directives may also change,” the statement said.