Bhopal: A 39-year-old man, who had walked almost 200 kilometres from Delhi to reach his home in Morena and a 70-year-old man, who was admitted to a government hospital at Indore for possible exposure to coronavirus, died in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.
According to reports, the 39-year-old man, identified as Ranveer Singh, worked as a home delivery boy for a private restaurant in the national capital, collapsed and died on the Delhi-Agra highway on Saturday. He had decided to walk home after the central government imposed a sudden national lockdown for a period of 21 days to halt the spread of coronavirus.
His family home — in a remote village in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district — was still 100 km away when he complained of chest pain and soon collapsed, the police said after speaking to two men who were accompanying Singh.
The police said that the victim collapsed near the Kailash turning of the National Highway-2, after which a local hardware store owner Sanjay Gupta rushed to the victim.
Singh had left for his native village on Friday morning on foot. The exhaustion from a 200-km walk could have led to his chest pain. He had been working in Delhi's Tughlakabad for the past three years and is survived by three children, including two daughters. He belongs to a family of farmers and was the key bread winner for his family, police said.
In another case, the 70-year-old man, admitted to a government hospital at Indore for suspected coronavirus infection, died on Saturday, but his test reports are still awaited, an official said on Sunday.
"The elderly man, a resident of Ranipura, died on Saturday in a government hospital," Jyoti Bindal, dean of MGM Medical College, said. "He was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus, but his test results are still awaited."
Health authorities have been informed about the death of the man, Bindal said, adding all those who had come in contact with him are admitted to a separate ward of that hospital as a precautionary measure.
Indore is the worst affected city in Madhya Pradesh as 20 persons have so far tested positive for coronavirus infection so far, including a 65-year-old man who died recently. (With IANS inputs)
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