A 57-year-old man who had tested positive for Covid-19 died on Monday afternoon, marking the first death in West Bengal due to the virus.
He was under treatment in a private hospital in Salt Lake township located to the east of Kolkata. Six more people have tested positive and are in hospital.The man was a resident of Dum Dum in the North 24 Parganas district. His wife and five other family members are already in isolation at a state-run hospital.
The man died about one and a half hours before Bengal went into lockdown mode to contain the pandemic. Till Monday afternoon, 52 people were kept in isolation at different hospitals.
“The 57-year-old male patient, who was admitted in the Salt Lake unit on March 16 with high fever and cough, expired at 3:35 pm.,” AMRI Hospital authorities said in a statement.