A 71-year-old man from Mahe, an enclave of Puducherry in Kerala, died after Covid19 infection in Kannur medical college hospital on Saturday. Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja quickly disowned him, saying he was a resident of the Union Territory and his death should not be added to Kerala’s tally.
Spokesman of the Department of Health, Puducherry, said this was the first coronavirus death from the UT.
The man died at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, Kannur District Medical Officer, Dr K Narayana Naik, told reporters.
Shailaja said all nine members of the deceased had tested negative. All his other contacts had also been traced.
Though he had no travel history, he had attended many public functions, reports said. A report from Puducherry said the man got admitted to hospital on March 26 for treatment of a renal ailment.
The deceased was first treated in two private hospitals at Thalassery and Kannur and was later admitted to the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, where he died on Saturday morning, Dr Naik said.
Dr A K Jayasree of the Kannur medical college hospital said the man was also suffering from heart and kidney ailments and hypertension.
This was the second case from Mahe, the first fatal one. Earlier a 68-year old woman upon return from the UAE in March tested positive. However, she got cured and she has since been discharged.
The Union Territory has so far reported seven cases and this is the first fatal one.
Besides, four persons who came back to Puducherry town after attending the Tablighi event in New Delhi last month have been found to be positive and their Ariyankuppam residential area has been declared a containment zone. Besides, a policeman who was on duty in that area has also been asked to isolate himself.