The first COVID-19 death in India was recorded at Kalaburagi, a place 541 km away from Bengaluru, the technology capital of India, with a 76-year-old man succumbed on Wednesday.
The 76-year-old man had returned from Saudi Arabia on February 29 after participating in Hajj pilgrimage. He had arrived in Hyderabad and then travelled to Kalaburagi.
Confirming the first COVID-19 death, Karnataka Health Minister, B. Sriramulu wrote on Twitter: “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.”
On March 5, he was admitted to the out-patient department of a private hospital in Kalaburagi. The following day he was moved to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences. But patient’s relatives shifted him to in Hyderabad's Care Hospital, over 200 kilometres away. As his condition deteriorated, family brought him back to Kalaburagi on March 9. He was then declared brought dead at the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences.
His samples were collected for testing in Kalaburagi on March 10 and sent to Bengaluru’s lab for testing via courier. The samples reached Bengaluru on Thursday morning and late on Thursday evening the Health Department confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus infection. Health officials had stated that he had other conditions like asthma and blood pressure as well.
On Thursday, Karnataka announced its fifth case. A 26-year old who had returned from Greece via Dubai to Mumbai. He had been to Greece on a holiday and returned to Mumbai in the first week of March. Later, he came to Bengaluru and worked for a day out of his office. The government is trying to trace all the people who came in contact with him.
The number of positive cases in India have risen to 79.