Man suspected of coronavirus in India commits suicide

  • March 19, 2020

A man suspected to be infected with COVID-19 allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of a Safdarjung Hospital building in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, soon after he was admitted to the hospital by airport authorities.

The 23-year-old patient, who was living in Sydney for the last one year, arrived in Delhi on Thursday via an Air India flight, and on reaching airport mentioned headache as a complaint in his self-reporting form, a health ministry spokesperson said.

Health officials are quarantining some suspected cases based on their risk assessment, while most are being asked to stay at home for 14 days.

There are several cases where suspects test negative so it doesn’t necessarily mean that one is infected with COVID-19 when they are sent to test. However, it is best to take the test and self-isolate for 14 days.

According to hospital staffs, he forced open the isolation ward and jumped off the seventh floor of the building.

So far, 151 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in India, out of which 134 are currently undergoing treatment. Among the remaining, 14 have recovered while three patients over 60 years of age have died.