Bomet County coronavirus patient buried in a hurry at night

Men at the burial site of a man who tested positive for COVID19 in Bomet.He was laid to rest on Monday evening|COURTESY |CITIZEN DIGITAL

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,14TH MAY 2020-A 55-years-old man who tested positive for the new coronavirus was on Wednesday evening buried in a brief ceremony   supervised by Doctors  and the police at Kagawet village in Bomet.

A few  family members were allowed to witness the burial but were required to maintain a 50-meters distance between them and the grave.

The burial itself took less than 25 minutes and saw police officers secure the site as early as 6pm.

The body was escorted to the village at night by a police vehicle with a blaring siren which cleared the way from the Longisa Refferal Hospital mortuary to the burial site.

Police officers also ensured that no prayer meeting was held or any gathering in the neighbourhood in relation to the funeral.

Men at the burial site of a man who tested positive for COVID19 in Bomet.He was laid to rest on Monday evening|COURTESY |CITIZEN DIGITAL

Bomet county Health Minister Dr. Joseph Sitonik said the graveside will remain under watch for a while despite the fumigation which was conducted as per the regulations.

The 55-year-old patient Ernest Kosgei was admitted to the Longisa County Referral Hospital on May 4 having travelled to Nairobi to seek treatment for diabetes.

The patient however succumbed the following day at around 1pm.

According to reports, samples taken from his body and taken to the KEMRI lab in Kisumu turned positive for COVID-19

16 family members who came into contact with the deceased have since been sent into quarantine at Kaplong girs with contact tracing of several others currently underway.

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