A convict who is reported to have recently tested positive for Covid-19 died on Monday in a police cell in Kuria West, Migori County.

A police report says the 32-year-old convict identified as Samwel Marwa was convicted on April 1 then tested positive for Coronavirus before being placed under medical care.

According to Kuria West sub-county Police Commander Cleti Kimaiyo, the virus prevented police from taking Marwa, who was in isolation, to serve his sentence at Migori GK Prison.

Kimaiyo says the convict was recovering well before he collapsed in police cells on Sunday at around 2pm and he was attended to and stabilized by medical officers.

The medics, however, returned to his cell on Monday at around 7am and found him dead and the police boss said they are awaiting a medical report on the exact cause of death.

His family is making funeral plans as the body lies at Migori Level Four Hospital mortuary.

Marwa had been sentenced to 6 months in jail or an alternative fine of Sh10,000 after being found guilty of being in possession of illicit brew.