Pune: Suspected COVID patient jumps to death from hospital building

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Mehab Qureshi

Pune, May 15, 2020: A 24-year-old man from Khadki allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the terrace a government hospital in Bopodi, during a power outage on Thursday night. His swabs were sent COVID test and the result is still awaited.

The deceased was a resident of Mula road in Khadki. He was unmarried and unemployed. His brother worked with the ammunition factory in Khadki. In the afternoon, after he had an influenza-like illness (fever, cough and cold). He was taken to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) run Dalvi hospital in Shivajinagar. His swab was collected and sent for testing. However, he also complained of breathing problem following which was admitted to PMC run Droupdabai Murlidhar Khedekar General Hospital (earlier known as Sahyadri Hospital) on the old Mumbai-Pune highway in Bopodi.

According to Pune city police’s Khadki police station, the incident took place around 9.30 pm. He went out of ward under the pretext of going to the toilet; however, he jumped from the terrace of the hospital. During the investigation, police learnt that he was under stress fearing he had contracted the infectious disease. Police suspect that the suicide was a fallout of the same. Further investigation is going on.