A 50-year-old man in India who mistakenly thought he had contracted the coronavirus hung himself to protect his family, a news report said.
K. Bala Krishna was treated by doctors in Tirupati for a viral fever but was assured he did not have the deadly disease that has killed more than 1,350 worldwide, according to the Times of India.
Despite the doctors’ assurances, Krishna began watching videos on the virus on his mobile phone and became convinced that he had been infected.
He feared he would put his family in harm’s way, so on Tuesday, Krishna locked his family in their home and went to his mother’s gravesite.
By the time his family was able to notify neighbors to come to free them, Krishna had hung himself from a tree near his mother’s grave.