New Delhi: A 23-year-old youth from Punjab, who earlier this month committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital over fears that he had contracted novel coronavirus infection, has tested negative for it. Also Read - Coronavirus: Youth Suspected of Infection Commits Suicide by Jumping Off Delhi Hospital Building
The deceased had returned to India from Australia’s Sydney on an Air India flight on March 18 and, during screening at the capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, had complained of headache. He was immediately brought to the hospital by the IGI Airport authorities as a COVID-19 suspect and was put in an isolation ward there.
A resident of Punjab’s Balachaur district, the youth reached the hospital at around 9 PM and was taken to seventh floor for his evaluation. However, when the doctors reached to check him, he wasn’t there. Later, his body was spotted lying outside the building at around 9:15 PM by a doctor who was at the ground floor of another building in the hospital premises.
The youth had returned to India after staying in Sydney for a year.
As of Friday morning, there have been 724 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India, including 17 deaths and 66 patients who recovered from the infection.
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