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KQ passenger isolated over fear of deadly coronavirus

A Kenya Airways passenger who arrived from Guangzhou with flu-like symptoms was isolated and taken to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) over fears of the new coronavirus.

In a statement from Kenya Airways, confirmed the Kenyan passenger had travelled to Nairobi from Guangzhou on Tuesday.

“Decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at JKIA,” reads the statement in part.

Reports indicate that the passenger had been cleared to travel back home by China Port health authorities at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

According to Kenya Airways, the procedure at the airport of departure is that all passengers are required to undergo quarantine screening by the health authorities before being cleared to board an aircraft.

The airline crew guided by the ICAO protocols still took further precautionary measures including isolating the passenger for the entire trip.

China and countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500.

Germany reported its first case of the virus, as the United States and Canada upgraded travel warnings to advise its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to China.

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