Government bans international meetings amid coronavirus concerns

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced a ban on all international meetings as a preventive measure in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Cases of coronavirus have so far been confirmed in 85 countries. The deadly virus has seen travel restrictions imposed in several countries

Kagwe said the ban will last for about a month. He spoke at the launch of a 120-bed capacity isolation facility at Nairobi’s Mbagathi Hospital. The Health cabinet Secretary advised Kenyans against non-essential travel out of the country. He was categorical that the government has heightened measures to control the importation of the virus into the country.

Affected is the much-anticipated Magical Kenya Open golf tournament scheduled to take place March 12th -15th that has now been postponed.

Eight local golf professionals were expected to fly the Kenyan flag high during the Kenya Open.  Sporting events have taken a big hit as they have altogether been postponed or cancelled.

The Tokyo Olympics is at the centre of the storm with the Olympic Movement now facing straight at the option of no fans; just 10,000 athletes competing in front of miles and miles of empty seats.

Sporting events without fans are slowly becoming a normal. Fans were barred from attending the International Biathlon Union’s World Cup event in the Czech Republic that began on Thursday.