A Catholic priest in Kenya is reported to have traveled back to the country from Rome on the 11th of March, long after Italy was experiencing the coronavirus epidemic and long after the government of Kenya had decreed that all persons entering the country must self quarantine.
The priest, Richard Oduor, seeing his was not symptomatic, decided to continue with his church duties around the country. According to official reports and those privy to his movements, he held several meetings with other priests, attended church functions at Utawala in Nairobi, before travelling to Ugunja on 13th March.
In Ugunja, he presided over a requiem mass at funeral that was reportedly well attended by many people. At least 11 other priests were in attendance at the funeral.
Authorities are now attempting to track down all those who interacted with the priest, both in Nairobi and Ugunja at the funeral, a daunting task at best.
Many Kenyans and those who attended functions presided over by the priest are calling on their friends and advising them to self quarantine immediately.
Oduor is the second case of citizens who refused to quarantine and ended up exposing hundreds possibly thousands other people.
The first case reported yesterday was of a Deputy Governor who also refused to quarantine after getting back into the country. He held several meetings with county officials, attended weddings and funerals before authorities were called in to forcefully take him to qurantine. He tested positive for coronavirus.