First Coronavirus linked Death in India: 76 year old dies in Karnataka

First Coronavirus linked Death in India: 76 year old dies in Karnataka
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First Coronavirus linked Death in India: 76 year old dies in Karnataka.

First confirmed case of death due to novel coronavirus has been confirmed in India. A 76 year old man who passed away from Kanataka’s Kalaburgi has been tested positive for Covid-19.

Previously, the doctors had suspected of coronavirus but after tests it has been confirmed. A senior health official in Karnataka government Dr Suresh Shastri said that the lab test has confirmed that the deceased man had Covid-19.

First Coronavirus linked Death in India: 76 year old dies in Karnataka

“The 76-year-old man from Kalburgi who passed away and was a suspected COVID 19 patient has been confirmed for COVID 19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation and other measures as per protocol are being carried out. Telangana government has also been informed since he went to a private hospital there,” Dr Suresh Shastri said.

The man had visited Saudi Arabia from January 29 to February 29. After returning to Hyderabad on February 29, the man went to Kalaburagi in Karnataka.

State Joint Director (Communicable Diseases) BG Prakash Kumar said all protocols were followed for disposal of the body.

“The body is disinfected completely and disposed of as per the Government of India guidelines,” he added when asked to elaborate on the protocols.

He said the Telangana government has also been informed as the man had gone to a private hospital in Hyderabad earlier.

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According to the Union health ministry official, “While he was asymptomatic on his return (from Saudi Arabia), he developed symptoms of fever and cough on 6th March. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there.”

“On 9th March, the symptoms got aggravated and he was shifted to a private hospital in Kalaburagi. In this private hospital, he was provisionally diagnosed as ‘mid-zone viral pneumonia’ and ‘suspected Covid-19’,” the official said.

“The sample was collected on March 9… Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice and the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad,” the official said.

The patient was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. He died on Tuesday when he was being brought back to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Kalaburagi.

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