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Fearing he had contracted coronavirus, man kills self in Karnataka's Udupi

The man had also asked his family to get tested for coronavirus. However, Karnataka Police said that he was not in the list of people who had been asked to remain in home quarantine. He also did not display any symptoms, police added.

Fearing he had contracted coronavirus, man kills self in Karnataka's Udupi
Udupi, First Published Mar 26, 2020, 2:33 PM IST
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Udupi: Fearing that he had contracted coronavirus, a 56-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Karnataka's Udupi on Wednesday.

The man, a trainer at the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, was found hanging from a tree outside his house. The man had left a note to his family in which he stated that he had contracted coronavirus, and thus his family must get tested too.

The deceased was identified as Gopalkrishna Maddivala (56) of Upuru Narnad in Udupi district. 

According to his family, the man was extremely worried about the coronavirus outbreak in the country. He was afraid that he would contract the disease too and had been mentally depressed about it. His wife told the police that he had been particularly worried since Sunday. On Tuesday, he returned from work at around 10:30 pm. The next day, when his wife woke up at 5:30 am, he was not around.

She thought he had gone for a walk. However, he did not turn up after a few hours, the family started looking for him and spotted him hanging from the tree, Hindustan Times reported. "His family says he had no symptoms of the virus and had not been to the doctor for any treatment, apart from lifestyle diseases," a police officer from Brahmavar police station was quoted as saying.

The man is survived by his wife and two children.

A throat-swab test for coronavirus for his body has now been set in motion; post mortem details are awaited.

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