Kambhu Tanti, a tea garden worker at Samdang tea estate near Doomdooma, was admitted to the hospital along with his wife on May 22.
Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia additional deputy commissioner (health) Dipu Deka said, “The deceased took the extreme step in the room allotted to the couple after they tested positive for COVID-19. His wife is in a state of complete shock.”
“Tinsukia joint director of health services Altaf Ahmed has submitted a preliminary report on the incident,” Deka said, adding, “An inquest has been conducted this morning and his last rites performed as per COVID-19 protocol.
According to Deka, Tanti was recovering slowly under the supervision of doctors.
Meanwhile, speaking with EastMojo, Ahmed said, “Around 5 am, one of the hospital staffers spotted that the patient was dead. His wife was not there in the room at that time.”
“During the health staff’s round at 2.30 am, the deceased was in normal condition as per the hospital staff,” Ahmed said, adding, “What made him take this extreme step is not clear.”
The deceased had cough at the time he tested positive for COVID-19. All vital parameters of the deceased were normal and he was regularly having meals provided by the hospital. “I had asked the psychologist and psychiatrist available there to counsel all the patients of the hospitals,” added Ahmed.
The 33-year-old daughter of the deceased had also tested positive for the virus and is currently admitted at the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh.
On Tuesday, Tinsukia registered 305 fresh cases of COVID-19 from the 4,298 tests conducted in the last 24 hours — a positivity rate of 7.09%. The spread of virus in rural belts is becoming a serious concern, according to sources in the health department.