BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: On Wednesday, a 66-year-old resident of Nayabad, who was a coronavirus positive patient, passed away. He was admitted to Peerless Hospital on EM Bypass. Earlier, in the day, a 57-year-old resident of Belgharia, who was COVID-19 positive, passed away. He was admitted to Zenith Nursing Home in Belgharia.
This is the seventh death in the state. The Nayabad man has been admitted to the hospital since March 23. The retired Coal India employee had travelled to Egra in East Midnapore in mid-March to attend a marriage ceremony.
In between, he also went to Digha. After returning to Egra, he complained of fever and then his family returned to Kolkata. Though he has no history of travelling abroad, the wedding ceremony which he attended in Egra had some guests from abroad. In Peerless, the elderly complained of respiratory issues and was put on ventilation. Later on Tuesday, his kidney stopped functioning. Meanwhile, two Egra residents have also tested COVID-19 positive.
On Tuesday, three deaths and 15 fresh cases were reported due to coronavirus in West Bengal, thus taking the number of infection count in the state to 37. The death toll on Tuesday night was five.
An elderly from Howrah’s Golabari area died on Tuesday night. Later in the evening, the test report of a 44-year-old woman, hailing from Dharampur, North 24 Parganas, who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Sunday arrived from NICED and it showed COVID-19 positive. Also, a 48-year-old woman from Sankrail in Howrah died at the Howrah State General Hospital on Monday night and her swab test report showed she was coronavirus positive.
This is the fifth death in West Bengal due to COVID-19 infection. Earlier, a 57-year-old Dum Dum resident and a 44-year-old woman from Kalimpong died due to coronavirus. And the infection count in West Bengal stands at 27. A 57-year-old Belgharia resident has tested positive on Tuesday. He is admitted at a private hospital at Belgharia since March 23.
The state health department said that the woman had been admitted to the hospital on March 26 with fever, cough and breathing trouble. She had gone to Dooars in North Bengal on March 6 and returned to her home on March 13. After her death on Sunday late night, her swab test report from SSKM Hospital reached the Howrah hospital saying she was COVID-19 positive.
The hospital authorities did not hand over the body to her family members following the guidelines of ICMR.
Meanwhile, West Bengal home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay tweeted, “All those from WB who have participated in this event (Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi) are being identified and will be immediately tested for COVID and put under mandatory 14 days quarantine.”
Twenty-four people in Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus and more cases may be confirmed after a religious gathering at a mosque in the Nizamuddin area, which has been linked to seven COVID-19 deaths.
Amid lockdown, the number of positive cases in India are on the rise. According to data from the Health Ministry and State governments, COVID-19 has claimed 41 lives, and 1403 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.