Cops Stop COVID Patient Jumping Off Hospital Roof

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

These images show how brave cops managed to stop a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 from jumping off the roof of a hospital.

The incident took place at the Dr. Enrique Cabrera General Hospital in the municipality of Alvaro Obregon in the central Mexican capital Mexico City after the 29-year-old unnamed patient was reportedly diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to the Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection, the police were called to the scene after the patient suffered a nervous breakdown.

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He reportedly ran up the emergency stairs to the roof and hospital staff alerted the police.

Officers wearing face masks and gloves managed to stop the man as he was considering jumping off the roof, according to local media.

They talked to him for around 15 minutes to point out that he is in the hospital for specialist treatment and his presence outside the building without protection could risk spreading the virus.

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However, the man was unconvinced and alleged tried to jump, but the police seized him before he could do it, according to reports.

The patient was eventually returned to his ward although it is unclear whether the police had to observe him or handcuff him to the bed.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 10,544 cases of COVID-19 and 970 related deaths.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.