The woman who allegedly committed suicide was put under mandatory 14-day quarantine in Kenya, in order to be cleared of COVID-19.
A South African woman is thought to have committed suicide at the Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) in Nakuru, where she was under mandatory 14-day quarantine to ensure she was cleared of COVID-19.
According to the African News Agency (ANA), the body of the 27-year-old was found hanging from the rooftop of a hostel room at the KITI by health workers who were doing temperature testing as part of their daily rounds.
In a statement issued on Friday 27 March, Nakuru Health CEC Kariuki Gichuki said: “She was discovered in her room today with initial police investigations pointing to suicide”.
The woman was taken to the KITI centre following Kenya’s directive that all in-bound passengers undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine to avert the spread of coronavirus.
Rift-valley regional commissioner George Natembeya said an investigation had been launched into the woman’s death, according to another Kenyan publication, Tuko News.
Reports indicate that the woman was unhappy with the conditions at the quarantine facility.
On Friday Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the confirmed cases in the country surpassed 1 000.
Worst of all, Mkhize announced the first two deaths in the country due to COVID-19.
“Today, we woke up to the sad news that we, too, have seen our first casualties. A 28-year-old woman and 48-year-old woman both passed away this morning,” said Western Cape premier Alan Winde.
The 48-year-old woman’s condition worsened while in ICU, which led to her passing on Thursday morning, while the 28-year-old was admitted to hospital on Thursday and received emergency healthcare. She also passed away on Friday morning.
“The clinical picture is consistent with COVID-19 but we are awaiting the test results to confirm this,” he said.
“We mourn this loss as a province and as a country. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased. I would like to ask all our residents to join me in a moment of silence at midday today, as we mark the loss, and celebrate their lives,” said Winde.
The country is also officially in lockdown, meaning that nobody is supposed to leave their homes unless it’s for essential items. The lockdown is meant to last until 16 April – a total of 21 days, as stipulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.