A married Indian man recently became international headline material for making his family believe he got infected with coronavirus as an excuse to run away with his lover.

Manish Mishra, on July 24, 2020, told his wife via phone that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he didn’t want to live anymore. After which he switched off his phone, which caused his family to panic.

His wife then sought help from her brother after receiving the bizarre call, and he advised her to file a missing persons report with the Navi Mumbai police.

Investigations however revealed that the 28-year-old supervisor had actually used the virus as a pretext to leave his family and elope with his mistress.

My coronavirus test report has come out to be positive, I can’t live anymore,” a weeping Manish reportedly told his wife during his last phone call, but police checked all the labs near his last known location, and none had tested anyone by the name Manish Mishra.

They then checked in with the logistics company where he worked and learned that he had recently been fired over his alleged involvement in attempted fraud.

But, after talking to some of his friends, it was gathered that he had been having an affair.

“We sent a team to his last known location, where we got his motorcycle and key, his backpack that he carried to work, and his helmet,” a police officer told Indian Express.

“A team tracked its owner to Ratnagiri. Meanwhile, we were also constantly questioning his friends and family. We came to know that he was having an extramarital affair. With the help of information provided by friends, we tracked him in Bhawarkua, Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

“Mishra was fired from work as he had indulged in a financial fraud recently. He had been having an affair for a couple of years and wanted to get rid of his wife and daughter. Which is why he plotted his illness and suicide,” Dhumal added.

Police finally tracked down Mishra to the city of Indore, where he was reportedly living with his lover.

On September 15, he was picked up and taken back to Navi Mumbai, to reunite with his family.