Chittoor man fears corona virus, commits suicide

Chittoor: A person suspecting infliction of the dreaded Corona virus committed suicide in Seshamanaidu Kandriga of Thottambedu Mandal in Chittoor district on Monday. It came to light Tuesday morning.

 According to sources, Balakrishna, 50, from the village, has been ailing with reported hypertension and increased pulse rate and he visited Ruia Hospital, Tirupati for treatment.

Doctors informed him about some virus infection and prescribed some medication. He reportedly spent two days there and returned to his village. Due to a lack of knowledge of the virus and apprehensions on the Corona virus, he started behaving typically soon after reaching the home on Sunday.

He kept himself aloof from others saying he had been infected with the dangerous virus and asked his family members to be away from him. He even pelted stones on some of his family members and locked his room. Family members reportedly informed the officials on the situation and sought their help.

On Monday morning, Balakrishna left for the fields where his mother was buried and hanged himself to a nearby tree. Farmers, who work in the nearby fields, noticed it and informed to the family members.

District Medical and Health Officer Dr M Penchalaiah said that they had come to know about the incident and deputed a doctor to visit the house of the person to ascertain medical facts. He would reveal the details after collecting information from the family members.

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