A MAN placed under quarantine in India amid the global coronavirus pandemic has been charged with murder after biting a woman to death.
The 35-year-old was placed under quarantine measures in Tamil Nadu, amid COVID-19 fears after returning from Sri Lanka.
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According to local news, the crazed man fled his house naked and bit an 80-year-old woman in her neck.
Indian cops said the woman was admitted to hospital on Friday, but died today after her condition worsened during treatment.
A police spokesperson told NDTV: “The accused, Manikandan, has a history of mental illness for which he was treated in Madurai back in 2010. “On Friday, he disrobed himself and ran from his home.
“He tripped and fell a hundred metres from his home and targeted the elderly woman, who was sitting outside her house.
“According to the man’s family, ever since Manikandan returned from Sri Lanka, he was stressed about losses his business suffered there and his mental health deteriorated.”
A murder case has been filed against Manikandan.
Last week, President Narandra Modi imposed a nationwide “curfew” on India’s population of 1.3 billion people.
With India making up one-fifth of the world’s population, it is the largest lockdown since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
All of India’s 75 regions – including capital city Delhi and Mumbai – are under strict self-isolation measures until March 31 at least.
In a TV address, Modi said: “To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown.
“The next 21 days are crucial for us… If we are not able to manage this pandemic then the country and your family will be set back by 21 years.”
Meanwhile, India’s health system is bracing itself for a “tsunami” of 300 million coronavirus victims flooding into its hospital wards.
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In a frank interview with the BBC, Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, said: “I think India is going to be the next hotspot for the epidemic without question.
“We are likely to see the same tsunami of cases that Italy or Spain have witnessed recently, or was earlier seen in China, in a few weeks.
“You have to remember that transmission of disease is easier in India because of population density.”