A senior citizen who tested positive for COVID-19 and who was admitted to the isolation ward at the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital is believed to have committed suicide after his body was found hanging from the roof.
The dead man has been identified as 85-year-old Festus Wright, of Geneva district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland. Reports are that Wright became distressed after he got the news that he had tested positive for the coronavirus but had not given any indication that he was contemplating suicide.
“After he got the news, it was clear that he was not happy and was seen talking to himself a lot,” a hospital source told The Gleaner.
“He never really looked sick, so it came as a surprise that he decided to end his life rather than to fight the disease.”
Superintendent Robert Gordon, commanding officer for the Westmoreland police, told The Gleaner that the death would be thoroughly investigated.