VIDEO: Coronavirus patients escape from isolation center in Kenya

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The video below captured the moment coronavirus patients were escaping from isolation center in Kenya.

The incident happened at the KMTC Mbagathi quarantine center on Tuesday as the meal was being served, Kenya’s Citizen TV station reported.

Confirming the incident, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said the government knew the identities of all those who escaped.

“Those filmed escaping from a coronavirus quarantine center will be hunted down and sent back there”, President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

“We know you and we will find you,” he said, adding that the escapees were putting the lives of others at risk.

Local media reports placed the number of those who escaped at 50, but the Kenyan government is yet to confirm the figures.

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According to BBC, those in forced quarantine have been complaining about poor conditions.

They say some centers are not much better than prisons, with poor hygiene and complain that social distancing is impossible because of overcrowding.

Others are angered about having to pay for their confinement, which costs between 20 (£16) and $100 a night – depending on the center.

More than 400 people are currently in quarantine, BBC reported. They include people who arrived in the East African country from areas affected by the virus before it closed its borders and those found to have been in contact with a coronavirus patient.

The Daily Nation newspaper first tweeted the video below, showing some people jumping over a wall.

 

According to Daily Nation, the KMTC center has more than 200 people in quarantine – held as a consequence of contact tracing or after being arrested for flouting the curfew and social distancing rules.

The total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kenya rose to 303 as of Wednesday April 22. Fourteen people have died in Kenya since the virus was first reported in the East African nation on March 13.

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