The United Arab Emirates suspended the issuance of new visas to visitors from Kenya and 11 other countries. The other countries include; Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya. However, only Pakistan appeared to confirm the news through reports in its media quoting government officials. The Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry said the suspension will not affect those with already issued visas. It was not immediately clear what categories of Visa were also affected by this directive from the UAE.

Kenya broke its daily record of cases, recording almost 1,500 infections in one day with deaths soaring sharply. The current death count stands at over 1,300 deaths, and over 70,500 confirmed cases. The surge is caused by fewer people wearing masks and adhering to social distancing rules. President Kenyatta, in his last State of the Nation Address, imposed tough Covid-19 measures in order to curb the rising cases within the country. He added that the cooperation between Kenyans and the government would be the ultimate defense mechanism for the country to fight the virus. The country currently has reported 74,145 positive cases with 1,330 patients succumbing to the deadly virus. Fortunately, through a home-based care program and hospital treatment, 50,658 patients have recovered.

In summary

• The other countries include; Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.
• It was not immediately clear what categories of Visa were also affected by this directive from the UAE.

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