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COVID-19 lockdown: 875 people commit suicide

Nepal says 875 people have committed suicide during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

The country has been under lockdown since March 24, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

Data compiled by the Nepal Police shows that suicide cases in the country increased by 16 per cent in the first month.

“The suicide cases have been recorded as of May 16,’’ said Police spokesperson, Niraj Bahadur Shahi.

Nepal says 875 people have committed suicide during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

The country has been under lockdown since March 24, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

Data compiled by the Nepal Police shows that suicide cases in the country increased by 16 per cent in the first month.

“The suicide cases have been recorded as of May 16,’’ said Police spokesperson, Niraj Bahadur Shahi.

482 suicide cases were filed during mid-March to mid-April in police stations across the country, against 414 cases for the period between mid-February and mid-March.

38 people took their own lives in the Kathmandu valley alone.

742, the highest number, died by hanging themselves, followed by 114 people who committed suicide by consuming poison.

They were found to have used burning, stabbing, drowning, jumping from heights ways of attempting suicide.

Psychiatrists have linked the deaths with mental health of the people who were forced to stay indoor during lockdown.

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