Coronavirus kills 76-year-old: Dead man in Karnataka is India’s first COVID-19 fatality

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has confirmed that a 76-year-old male from Karnataka who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (VODI-19) has died due to co-morbidity. He had visited Saudi Arabia from 29 January to 29 February 2020. He returned to Hyderabad on 29 Feb and went to Kalaburagi in Karnataka.

He was a known case of hypertension and asthma. While he was asymptomatic on his return, he developed symptoms of fever and cough on 6 March. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there.

On 9 March, the symptoms became 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 sample was collected on 9 March by Viral Research Diagnostic Laboratory, GIMS, Kalaburagi, to rule out COVID-19 and the sample was dispatched to VRDL, BMC&RI, Bengaluru. Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) and the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad.

As per the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner od Kalaburgi District, the DHO met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Kalaburagi, in the isolation ward set up at the Institute. But the attendees refused to listen to him. They transferred him to Hyderabad without his knowledge.

The patient was admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. He was discharged later and died while on his way to GIMS, Kalaburgi, on 10 March.

The Health Ministry stated that All the precautionary measures as per protocol such as contact tracing, screening, and home quarantine of the contacts have been initiated by the District Health and Family Welfare Department, Karnataka, and are being monitored continuously.

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