60-year-old Hydrabad man kills himself suspecting COVID-19

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In a tragic incident, a 60-year-old man from Ramanthapur in Hyderabad, killed himself on Saturday, suspecting that he was infected with coronavirus. The incident took place at around 6.30 am, according to police.

The deceased Krishna Murthy, who was working as an assistant to an advocate, had asthma, acidity and other health problems, which led to his suspicion that he probably was infected with the disease, and he became depressed as a result, said a News Minute report.

“For the past 15 days, he was suffering from depression, as he was not keeping well. To clear his suspicion, his family took him to the Government Fever Hospital. The doctors there confirmed that he did not have COVID-19. However, he wasn’t convinced and took the extreme decision,” Uppal Sub Inspector M Anjaiah told TNM.

As the deceased died instantaneously, the police shifted the body to Gandhi Hospital for autopsy. After conducting the probe, police established that it was a clear case of suicide.

Several similar suicides have been reported from various parts of the country after the outbreak of the coronavirus. A 30-year-old man who was a member of the Tablighi Jamaat committed suicide at a hospital in Akola, Maharashtra in the second week of April after he tested positive for Coivd-19.

The man, a native of Assam, had reportedly used a blade to slit his throat inside the washroom of the isolation ward.

Mumbai reported another suicide on April 14. A 29-year-old woman from Worli admitted to Nair Hospital in Mumbai committed suicide by hanging herself inside the bathroom of the hospital after she was detected with coronavirus.

In Karnataka, a 50-year old coronavirus patient committed suicide at Bengaluru in Karnataka by jumping off a hospital building on Monday, according to two people aware of the development.

These incidents have highlighted the need to address mental health, raise awareness about COVID-19 and build confidence, particularly amongst the elderly suffering from various kinds of illness (with inputs from agencies)

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