BH CORRESPONDENT, Bengaluru: India has registered its first confirmed case of death due to novel coronavirus. A 76-year-old man from Karnataka’s Kalaburgi district passed away on March 10 night, was tested positive for COVID-19. Following his death, the district has been put on high alert.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases in India reached 81 on Friday.
“The 76-year-old man from Kalaburgi who passed away and was suspected to be a COVID-19 patient has been confirmed for COVID-19,” tweeted state Health Minister B. Sriramulu.
The 76 year old man from Kalburgi who passed away & was a suspected #COVID19 patient has been Confirmed for #COVID19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation & other measures as per protocol are being carried out.
— B Sriramulu (@sriramulubjp) March 12, 2020
Karnataka health and family welfare department’s joint director for communicable diseases Prakash Kumar said all the protocols are being followed with regard to the safe disposal of the old man’s body.
A senior Union health ministry official said that the man had visited Saudi Arabia from January 29 to February 29. The official said the man had reached Hyderabad on February 29 and went to Kalaburagi. Kalaburagi is 232 km west of Hyderabad.
State joint director 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,” Kumar said.
He also said that the Telangana government has also been informed as the man had gone to a private hospital in Hyderabad earlier.
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 March 6. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there.”