Girl recovered from COVID-19 commits suicide on last day of home quarantine

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 28 | Publish Date: 6/28/2020 1:37:22 PM IST

In a first, a 23-year-old girl who recovered from COVID-19, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom on the last day of her 14 days home quarantine period on Sunday, police said.

The girl was found hanging in her bedroom at Singjamei in Imphal West district early Sunday morning. No suicide note was left behind, police said.

The patient who had recovered tested positive for the virus while staying at a quarantine centre in her locality after she returned from Chandigarh. She returned  to Imphal on May 30 last and was admitted at Covid care facility at JNIMS hospital on June 2 after testing positive her neighbours said.

After recovering from the disease, she was discharged on June 14 and was under home quarantine since then. Her home quarantine was due to end on Sunday, they added.

The deceased studied in Chandigarh. Her head was found tonsured at the time of her death, police who initiated an investigation after registering a case said.

Preliminary police investigation indicates she might have taken the extreme step out of depression while she was quarantined at home. This is the first case of COVID-19 related suicide reported in the state, the police added.

According to officials of the state health department, 20 to 25 percent of people who have completed COVID-19 treatment or quarantine may suffer from social stigma. 

Such persons were no longer a source of COVID-19 transmission to others. They must be given support and should not be stigmatised, he health department added. They said  isolation and loneliness during quarantine can have long lasting negative impact on physical and mental well being.

Feeling isolated can lead to poor sleep, poor cardiovascular health , lower immunity, impaired executive functions and depressive symptoms. Psychological help and counselling can be accessed through toll free 24x7 helpline number 1800-345-3818, the officials added.

Meanwhile, Manipur recorded the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 infection on Sunday with the detection of 93 infected persons in the last 24 hours.

With the 93 fresh cases, the COVID-19 infection tally of the state rose to 1185 with 730 active cases and 444 recoveries. The recovery rate is 38.39 percent.

Among the fresh cases, 56 were male and the remaining 37 female. All of them were returnees from other states.  25 of them are from Ukhrul district, 21 from Kamjong, 14 from Tamenglong, 13 from Kakching, 10 from Churachandpur, 6 from Senapati two from Imphal East and 1 each from Imphal West and Noney district.

A total of 23 patients were also discharged today after recovering from the disease taking the tally of recoveries in the state to 455, the source stated.


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