A 76-year-old man from Karanataka India who has died on Tueday has been tested +ve of coronavirus. This is now India’s first official case wherein a person’s death can be linked to the virus. The person had a travel history with Saudi Arabia and was screened at the airport on his return. However, he hadn’t shown any signs of the virus back then.
“The 76-year-old man from Kalburgi who passed away and was a suspected COVID-19 patient has been confirmed for COVID-19. Contact tracing (of family members and others he came in contact with), isolation and other measures, as per protocol, are being carried out,” Mr Sriramulu tweeted.
As per a report by NDTV, the patient was admitted to a private hospital with a common cough and cold. Three days later, he was again shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad. Their doctors had advised his family members to put him in an isolation ward until his test reports arrive. But the family moved him out of the hospital against doctor’s advice.
He died while being brought back to the hospital in Kalaburagi. “Death of a 76-year-old male from Karnataka is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity and has also tested positive for COVID-19,” the Union Health Ministry said in a late-night statement.
As many as 73+ cases of patients tested positive of the virus have been confirmed to this date in India. Out of this number, 17 are foreign residents who have been kept at isolation wards in Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
As far as states go, Kerala (17), Maharashtra (11) and Uttar Pradesh (10) are the three states with the most positive cases. Italy, China, Iran, and South Korea remain the worst affected countries.
Noticing the severity of the situation, WHO on Wednesday has declared coronavirus as a Pandemic. Also, in attempts to restrict the virus from spreading, the government has also suspended all the tourists’ visas till April 15.