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.
30 June 2020, 12:00 AM
10 July 2020, 12:00 AM
Suicide cases in Kuwait have increased by around 40 per cent since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the sources.
Forty suicide cases and 15 failed attempts, mainly among Asian expatriates, have been recorded in Kuwait since late February, according to the Al Qabas newspaper reports.
Investigations into the majority of cases have revealed that those who committed suicide had experienced psychological and economic troubles due to dismal financial circumstances as a result of economic fallout from the coronavirus-related measures.
"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," the newspaper quoted social psychology consultant Samira Al Dosari as saying.
Menawhile, Jamil Al Muri, a sociology professor at the Kuwait University said, “Uncertainty for some expatriates, whose countries have refused to take them in, is another motive for attempting suicide.”