While the unidentified man's neighbors believe that the Coronavirus is to blame for the suicide, police have not linked his death to the pandemic or lockdown in New York.
Trigger warning: This story contains themes of suicide.
A man died a tragic death after jumping from the 16th floor of a luxury high-rise Manhattan apartment block. According to authorities, the unidentified man jumped from the window of his Tribeca Park apartment building on Chambers Street near North End Avenue, on Friday, at about 11 p.m. He was declared dead as soon as he landed in the building's courtyard, reports New York Post. When the news about the man's death spread, some neighbors speculated that the alleged suicide could have been related to the state's regulations concerning self-isolation measures to contain COVID-19.
Man, 64, jumps to his death from the 16th floor of luxury Manhattan apartment building https://t.co/k0sqJTKZTM— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 22, 2020
Speaking to the outlet, one resident revealed that she heard the news after coming down for a smoke break. "I came out to smoke a cigarette, and they told me someone jumped," said the lady who wished to remain anonymous. While many are taking up creative projects to keep themselves busy during the quarantine, some with underlying mental health issues can be struggling even more under such imposed isolation. "You have to be mentally strong to take on isolation. The uncertainty of what’s going to happen is scary," added the woman. However, the police have not linked the man's death to New York's lockdown or the Coronavirus outbreak, reports Daily Mail.
It’s not clear, but speculating what a dead person thought is a GREAT TALKING POINT! If we’re gonna build stories from the ground up, The MSM murdered him.— AAMC (@AAMC85712947) March 22, 2020
The lives of 19 million residents have been affected due to the imposed lockdown in the state. On Friday, New York Governor Andre Cuomo laid down severe restrictions against gatherings of any size. All nonessential business workers have been ordered to remain home. Under these lockdown rules, nonessential gatherings of people (of any size or for any reason) have been canceled or postponed, including parties and celebrations. While many residents in New York feel like they are in prison after being isolated in their own homes, but the conditions in the state's actual jail is worse.
Cuomo orders lockdown of New York City. https://t.co/QI5kQJ4GHu— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) March 20, 2020
New York was hit by the nation's largest Coronavirus jail outbreak to date after at least 38 people tested positive at Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities overseeing the city's jail system, according to The Guardian. More than half of those affected are incarcerated men. There are over 2.2 million people incarcerated in the United States which is more than anywhere in the world. The fear of the Coronavirus spreading rapidly through a vast network of federal and state prisons, county jails, and detention centers seems to be growing. The population inside is already grappling to resist the high rates of health problems. Due to the limited capacity of testing COVID-19 in the country, men and women inside are worried that they might be the last in line to be tested when showing flu-like symptoms. It's possible that many could be infected without even knowing it.
The board that oversees the city's jail system said at least 38 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York City jails, including at the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. https://t.co/m2cMv0bmz4— The Associated Press (@AP) March 22, 2020
Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that they were working towards identifying candidates and that by Friday night, New York City prosecutors agreed to release 56 Rikers inmates on their own recognizance. The executive director of the national criminal justice advocacy organization of Worth Rises, Bianca Tylek expressed that it wasn't enough. "There are nearly 1,500 people incarcerated on Rikers Island for low-level offenses or technical parole violations who can be released immediately," Tylek said. "Releasing them would reduce their risk of infection, reduce the risk for all those who remain incarcerated, and reduce the spread of the virus into the public."
Corrections officers released 56 inmates from the jail Friday to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 22, 2020
One former prisoner was jumped by two unidentified males at gunpoint just hours after his release .https://t.co/i4GWvT8hLo
Describing the crisis in the jail system, Board of Correction interim chairwoman Jacqueline Sherman wrote a letter to New York’s criminal justice leaders. She revealed that 12 Department of Corrections employees, 5 Correctional Health Services employees, and 21 inmates at Rikers and city jails had tested positive for virus. "It is likely these people have been in hundreds of housing areas and common areas over recent weeks and have been in close contact with many other people in custody and staff," said Sherman, warning that the cases could skyrocket as 58 others are being monitored in the prison's contagious disease and quarantine units. "The best path forward to protecting the community of people housed and working in the jails is to rapidly decrease the number of people housed and working in them," she added.