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Fear of quarantine in Kenya hinders screening

Forced to bear the cost of their quarantine since the start of the pandemic, Kenyans are turning away from Covid-19 testing. To reverse the trend, the government has just announced that it will now bear the cost of isolation.

In its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, there is one concept that the Kenyan government has successfully imposed: fear. In addition to the violence of law enforcement officials enforcing travel restrictions, Kenyans have learned in recent weeks to fear quarantine at their own expense.

Consequence: the massive testing strategy that the authorities are trying to put in place today is flopping. In an attempt to reverse the trend, the government has just announced that it will now bear the costs of quarantine. But regaining the trust of citizens may take time after more than a month of controversy.

100 dollars per hotel night

Beginning in late March, the government announced that all individuals who set foot on Kenyan soil returning from abroad will have to spend fourteen days in quarantine at their expense. Kenyan returnees forced to pay up to $ 100 a night at hotel in Nairobi airport trying to resist, reports Standard.

A few days later, anger increased again when the quarantine was extended for another fourteen days in the centers where the confined had tested positive. Since mid-March, some 2,000 people have been placed in solitary confinement.

People returning from abroad are not the only ones to be placed

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Mathilde Boussion

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