The man, identified as Shiv Charan of Noorpur village in Panipat, was later found to be COVID-19 negative
The man, identified as Shiv Charan of Noorpur village in Panipat, was later found to be COVID-19 negative|Representational image
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Haryana man suspected of COVID-19 dies after hospital escape bid

55-year-old Panipat man dies after falling from 6th floor of building in bid to escape hospital isolation; test reports later reveal that he was COVID-19 negative

Amlan Jyoti Das

Amlan Jyoti Das

New Delhi: In a bid to escape hospital isolation, a 55-year-old man, who has been identified as Shiv Charan of Noorpur village in Panipat district of Haryana, died after falling from the sixth floor of the hospital building.

Shiv Charan was hospitalised on April 1 with multiple ailments and was later said to have developed COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted to the isolation ward of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) in Karnal.

The man tried to escape from the isolation ward by tying bed sheets together in a bid to create a rope. He, however, tumbled to death from the sixth floor of the KCGMC. Karnal SP Surender Singh Bhoria was quoted as saying by media reports that the man died on the spot and his body was sent to the mortuary of the hospital. Investigation is on.

Later, Karnal chief medical officer Ashwini Ahuja was quoted as saying by media reports that they got his report over telephone in which he was found negative of COVID-19.

This is, however, not a new case of death, mainly due to fear and paranoia over COVID-19, as an elderly couple in Amritsar Punjab recently ended their lives under the constant fear of the virus on Sunday.

COVID-19 is no doubt a very serious virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic situation. However, we must trust the frontline workers such as health professionals who are giving their best to control the pandemic.

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