New Delhi: Chittoor’s Balakrishnayya was suffering from urinary tract infection and went to the doctor. The doctor told the 54-year-old to wear a mask and stay away from others, which made him believe that he has contracted coronavirus. Panicking that now he would spread the virus to his family and the rest of the village, he killed himself. According to his wife and son, he didn’t have much awareness of coronavirus but watched several videos and was so confident about his disease that he was throwing stones at people coming near him.

Andhra Pradesh has reported no positive case of coronavirus so far and though his family members tried to explain this to him, he didn’t budge. Bala’s son Mirali said that he dialled the helpline numbers but they failed to offer help in this particular case. They said that if he hadn’t visited China of late, then there was no reason to worry, his son said. But no one could explain this to his father.

“We told him that he did not have coronavirus, but he refused to let us near him. He told all the villagers to stay away. He would tell them that their kids would also end up contracting it if they came close to him,” Murali said.

The man went to the hospital as his heart rate was high. The doctors didn’t talk about coronavirus either, but he developed this strong belief that he has contracted the virus.