The Kenyan police have arrested two individuals among those who escaped the country’s quarantine facility amid the COVID-19 outbreak and headed for a bar.
According to BBC, the duo were among dozens of people who were earlier filmed jumping over a wall of the facility in Nairobi, the nation’s capital, thereby prompting an outcry from the public.
It was gathered that the two persons were arrested at a local bar in Roysambu — where they were drinking — after a tip-off by officials from the area.
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While all bars in Kenya had been ordered to close to contain the spread of the novel virus, the two people were said to have planned the escape because they were not getting tested for the disease.
It was gathered that the pair, who are now awaiting charges, had complained they couldn’t afford to pay for their confinement, which was somewhere between $20 and $100 per night, by themselves.
It was also understood that over 400 persons were forced into quarantine, which lasts for an initial period of 14 days in the country, with some being held for either flouting curfew orders or arriving from abroad.
About 50 out of 200 were reported to have escaped from the Kenya Medical Training College’s facility but officials, who didn’t confirm the figure, told the news outlet that a majority have been captured.
“Most of those who escaped had been arrested around this area before being taken to quarantine. We know we will arrest more with time,” Muthuri Mwongera, a local police boss, said.
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