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COVID-19 patient dies after jumping off from 1st floor of building

COVID-19 patient dies after jumping off from 1st floor of building

(Rptng with corrections in story)

Madurai, Jun 29 (UNI) A 65-year-old patient, tested positive for Coronavirus, died on Monday after he had committed suicide by jumping off from the first floor of a building in which the quarantine facility was set up, at Thirupparankundram late on Sunday evening.

Police said the deceased P.Dhanushkodi, a resident of Palanganatham locality in the city, was housed in the quarantine centre at Thiagarajar College of Engineering on Saturday with coronavirus symptoms, after he was ostracised by his family members for illness.

His swab samples had tested positive for the virus yesterday.

Depressed over being infected with COVID-19 and disowned by family members, the sexagenarian jumped off the building late last evening. He suffered severe head injury, fractured his leg and backbone after leaping from the building.

He was rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital, here where he succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Thirupparankundram police have registered a case and are investigating.

Meanwhile, around 50 people who were under observation in the quarantine facility staged a protest and threatened to leave the camp after the suicide of the COVID-19 patient, citing poor basic amenities.

They complained that food, drinking water and beverages were not provided to them on time.

Senior Revenue and police officials held talks with the agitated people and assured them of fulfilling their requirements.

UNI GSM CS 1300 /1305

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