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COVID-19: We are ready to receive tourists, says Kenya president

COVID-19: We are ready to receive tourists, says Kenya president

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said the country was ready to receive domestic and foreign visitors, and encourage tourists to return to Kenya, saying the country was safe and open for business even with Coronavirus cases tripping in the past month.

Kenyatta said he was satisfied with measures taken by the tourism sector to protect travellers from COVID-19.

“I want to take this opportunity to encourage every single Kenyan to take advantage of and to travel… You can travel, you can move,” Kenyatta said in a statement issued by his office.

“And now as you know, we have also opened up our skies and flights are coming. We welcome all those who choose to come.”

Kenyatta said visitors should follow precautions around coronavirus, saying everyone needed to play their part in containing the spread of the disease.

“Safety is not really just a government issue. It is an individual choice,” he said.

The number of new cases of the virus in Kenya has surged in recent weeks after a slow start.

Kenya recorded 699 new infections on Saturday, taking the country’s overall tally to 25,837 – roughly three times were it was a month ago. It has recorded 418 deaths from the disease, government figures show.

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