A 50-year-old father in Chittoor, who wrongly believed he had contracted the novel coronavirus that has claimed over 1000 lives in China, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in order to avoid transmission of the virus to his family.
It is reported on Gulfnews that the deceased has been identified as Balakrishna, a resident of SN Kandriga village of Chitoor district in India. He was found hanging on Tuesday.
âThe deceased went to Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital in for body checkup where he was told that he had an infection in his mouth and he was diagnosed with a viral fever.
Upon returning from hospital, he told his family members that he was infected with coronavirus and asked them not to touch him.
He also pelted stones at his family members in order to maintain a safe distance from them as the coronavirus spread from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
On Tuesday the situation turned worse when he locked his family in their home.
His wife Lakshmi Devi called neighbours to let them out. He was no longer around when they came back. By the time they found him it was too late, he had hanged himself from a tree near his mother’s grave in the local graveyard.
The farmer Bala Krishna according to his relatives was an avid follower of coronavirus-related videos on his mobile phone and after contracting viral fever he wrongly conceived it as the deadly virus.
The police said by the time they reached, the village, his final rites had been completed. No case has been registered so far.
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