New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A 23-year-old man, who committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of the Safdarjung Hospital on March 18 on suspicion of being infected with COVID-19, has tested negative for coronavirus.

The man was brought to the hospital by the airport authorities and was immediately put in the isolation ward on March 18.

According to the Health Ministry, the man, who was a resident of Balachaur district in Punjab, was living in Australia's Sydney for the past one year and arrived at the Delhi airport from where he was taken to the hospital after he mentioned headache as the chief complaint in his self-reporting form.

He was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital where he reached around 9 pm, the ministry said, adding that he was taken to the seventh floor of the hospital for evaluation. When doctors reached there, he wasn't found there.

Meanwhile, another doctor coming out of the building at the ground floor observed a body lying on the floor at 9.15 pm, the statement said.

The family of the deceased blamed the health officials of mistreating the suspected patients and their families.

"We went to Safdarjung to get information about him but the hospital did not tell us anything, and after an hour there, a staff member told us he must have been taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital because his name was not on their list. We then went to RML hospital and after struggling for an hour, we got the same reply. Then we went back to Safdarjung hospital to get his whereabouts," the uncle of the deceased was quoted by The Indian Express as saying. 

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 17 in the country on Friday and the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 724, according to the Health Ministry.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta