January 20, 2021 | 6:07 AM IST

76-year-old Karnataka man is Coronavirus’ first fatality in India

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday night confirmed that the 76-year-old man who died in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district on Tuesday was suffering for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-29. The reports were received from a Bengaluru laboratory on Thursday evening making it the first death in India due to the disease.

The man had recently come back from Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He had left for the pilgrimage on January 29th and came back to Hyderabad on February 29. At the airport, the man was screened and showed no symptoms of the deadly disease. Hence, he was allowed to proceed to Kalaburagi, which is about 230 km away from Hyderabad.
By March 5, he was taken to a private hospital after he complained of breathing issues and was admitted the following day. He was then shifted to another hospital in Hyderabad and samples for COVID-19 sent to the Bengaluru laboratory. On March 10, he was being taken back to Kalaburagi when he passed away on the way.

However, there was a delay in the diagnosis as his symptoms were misleading and the tests for the virus were delayed due to age-related complications like difficulty in breathing, asthma, and hypertension.

The ministry issued a statement saying, “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.
A health official said that about 43 people, including his family and doctors, who came in contact with him and have been moved into isolation now. They are being closely monitored. Till now there are over 79 confirmed COVIS-19 cases in India

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