Covid-19 increases suicide rates among expats in Kuwait

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Covid-19 increases suicide rates among expats in Kuwait

Covid-19 increases suicide rates among expats in Kuwait

Measures imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kuwait are believed to have increased suicide cases in the country, according to a media report.

Forty suicide cases and 15 failed attempts, mainly among Asian expatriates, have been recorded in Kuwait since late February. Investigations into the majority of cases have revealed that those who committed suicide had experienced psychological and economic troubles due to dire financial circumstances after their employers stopped to pay them as a result of economic fallout from the coronavirus-related measures.

In one case, an expat live streamed his suicide while chatting with his fiancee on a social networking platform, the newspaper report said.

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And as per latest sources, Two Indian nationals, a man and a women, have committed suicide with such cases continuing to increase since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The man hung himself from a tree and the woman hung herself from a ceiling fan.

Firefighters and security officials were informed about the incidents and responded rapidly. The male’s body was transferred to a forensics department for examination to determine the cause of death while security officials have already registered the death of the woman in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh as suicide under case number 16/2020.

Suicide cases have increased by around 40 per cent since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the sources. Some 70 to 80 suicide cases are recorded annually in Kuwait. Last year, they reached 80 suicides against 77 in 2018.

Suicide cases have started to go up in Kuwait during the coronavirus pandemic due to fear, anxiety, isolation and instability experienced by people and absence of daily aims that could help the person to spend time regularly as before. Uncertainty for some expatriates, whose countries have refused to take them in, is another motive for attempting suicide. This is in addition to greed of the iqamat traders, who have brought into the country workers in names of phantom companies and abandoned them on the streets.