A retired Kenyan Catholic Bishop has died in the Italian city of Turin from Covid-19 while undergoing treatment in hospital.
Silas Njiru, who had served as bishop of Meru in central Kenya from 1976 until 2004, died at Rivoli Hospital on Tuesday. He was 92 years old.
His successor in Meru, Bishop Salesius Mugambi, told the Daily Nation newspaper that the retired cleric had been living in a house where two other elderly priests had also contracted the virus.
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has paid tribute to the bishop, calling him a “tender-hearted and gracious man with steadfast religious credence, which he instilled to many”.
Italy has been one of the countries worst-affected by coronavirus with more than 200,000 cases and over 27,00 deaths.