Umm Muhammed 24.03.20
Efforts to put in place strict quarantine methods to stop the spread of coronavirus in East Africa have been chaotic.
As COVID – 19 cases continue to rise in the region, countries are exercising tough measures. This includes suspending international flights, and restrictions on social gatherings.
In Uganda, two Chinese nationals are to appear in court after having fled from an isolation facility. They were supposed to have been in self-quarantine there for two weeks.
In Kenya, hotels and isolation centres appointed by the state ran out of space. More than 600 people were left stranded. Arrivals in the country complained of frustration after being driven around since dawn with no accommodation available. There are huge logistical challenges.
Arrivals in Ethiopia were accommodated in two state-run hotels, after the country closed all its land borders. They say they cannot afford the rates. The mayor of the capital, Addis Ababa, has vowed that he would pay up.
Rwanda is the only East African country to have announced a total lockdown in a bid to tackle the virus. Other countries in the region are expected to follow suit, given the rapidly rising number of cases.