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A 33-year old man from Kerala who recovered from Covid-19 and later tested negative for the virus allegedly committed suicide at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital on Wednesday.
The man had been tested twice for the virus and he tested negative both the times. He later absconded from the hospital before being discharged, according to police reports.
After fleeing from the hospital, he went to his hometown in a bus, but the villagers alerted the police about him. The police caught hold of him and put him back in the hospital where he was put into counselling.
Before he could be discharged from the hospital, the authorities found him hanging from the ceiling of the isolation ward.
The reports and statement from the medical college suggested that the man was not just undergoing the treatment for Covid-19, he was also being treated for epilepsy.
Not just one, a similar case of suicide in the same medical college was also reported on the same day. A 38-year old man, who was under observation, took his own life after getting drunk on alcohol.
The deceased was a resident of Tamil Nadu and had travelled down and was kept in isolation ward and then kept under observation.
He was being treated for his alcoholism and later committed suicide at 04:50 pm and later passed away in the evening.
To further ensure certainty, the authorities even conducted a swab test of Covid-19 on the deceased but the results came out negative.
By Somapika Dutta