Covid-19 doubts; 56-year-old man ends life in Karnataka

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MANGALURU: A 56-year old man, who suspected he had contracted the coronavirus infection, ended his life in Udupi district, police sources said.

 

The deceased has been identified as Gopalakrishna Madivala, a resident of Narnadu in Uppoor village of Udupi taluk.

Madivala had been working as driver with KSRTC for several years and was recently posted as a trainer of new drivers.

According to the sourses, the man had no specific symptoms of the virus infection. He was awake till 2 am in the night, speaking to his family members.

As per the report, he was found hanging from a tree near the house when others in the house woke up at 5 am on Wednesday.

A death note saying he was taking his life as he doubted he had coronavirus infection was recovered from the house. The note also asked the family members to stay safe.

“Local people said the man had earlier told one of his friends that he had the infection and was scared. The fear of the disease might have driven him to take the extreme step”, police said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 606.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

 

With inputs from PTI

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