COVID-19: Woman in quarantine commits suicide

Health workers at the Mbgathi District hospital wearing PPEs.

A woman who had been placed in mandatory quarantine at a government facility has allegedly committed suicide.

The 27-year-old South African woman who was placed in forced isolation with three others at Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) in Nakuru was found dead on Friday morning.

The deceased is said to have hang herself with a piece of cloth in the room she was allocated.

Sources told the Nation that the woman had earlier on complained about the deplorable state of where she was quarantined and requested to be transferred to a hotel, saying that she had the means to pay for accommodation.

Her body was found by health workers doing rounds at the facility to check on those who had been quarantined.

Nakuru County Health Executive Gichuki Kariuki confirmed the death.

More than 2,000 people who arrived in the country from Monday this week have been placed under mandatory quarantine .

Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi on Thursday said all those in mandatory quarantine will be tested in due time in line with guidance from the World Health Organization.

“As we indicated this week effective Wednesday at midnight, we have closed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for all international flights. However, as it was explained, in the event that there are countries who would like to evacuate their nationals from from Kenya, this will be handled through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the Health CAS said.