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69-year-old man who returned from Dubai dies due to coronavirus


A 69-year-old man, who tested positive for novel coronavirus, died in Kerala on Saturday making him the first casualty from the contagious disease in the coastal state. The man had a history of travel to Dubai, UAE.

The patient, a resident in Kerala’s Ernakulam, was admitted to hospital on March 22 after he developed severe symptoms of pneumonia and blood pressure. He had previously also undergone a bypass surgery. He died at 8 AM.

“He is from Kochi and was suffering from a heart ailment and blood pressure. Since he was already placed under the high-risk category, this need not be a cause to worry. The body has now been handed over to his relatives and the funeral will take place later today. There is no need for any worries at all,” Kerala’s agriculture minister V.S. Sunilkumar said.

“All those who came in contact with him have been identified and have been quarantined,” the minister added.

The coastal state reported 39 new positive cases for the contagious disease on Friday, the highest so far in one day.

So far, Kerala has reported 176 cases of COVID-19 infections. Of these, 164 people are being treated for the infection. Twelve people who contracted the infection have recovered, according to the Union Health Ministry.

India saw the highest jump in coronavirus or COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 149 patients testing positive for the highly contagious illness in different parts of the country. The total tally in India has already crossed 873.

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